Molds found in Washington, D.C. homes are a natural part of the environment. Found both outdoors and indoors, molds are formed when airborne mold spores burst, land on an accommodating surface, and multiply. To grow and multiply, molds feed off oxygen, adequate temperature, and such nutrients as fabrics, wood, dust, and sugars. Furthermore, molds are attracted to humidity and moisture, which is why many molds tend to grow in warm, damp, and humid areas, such as bathrooms and kitchens.
Humidity isn’t found only outdoors during the summer months. Humidity is also inside your Washington, D.C. home — it’s what fogs up your bathroom mirror when you take a shower, for example. Specifically, humidity refers to the amount of water vapor in the air. Mold needs wet conditions to grow and spread. Therefore, an unhealthy level of indoor humidity is a significant factor in indoor mold growth.
The key to mold control is controlling the level of indoor humidity and moisture within your home. Indoor humidity levels should be around 30 to 60 percent. To keep a healthy humidity level in your home, vent bathrooms, clothes dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside, use exhaust fans when you cook, and employ the use of dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture from the air.
However, given the right conditions, indoor molds found in Washington, D.C. homes can grow on nearly any surface, including the following:
For more information on indoor mold and how to prevent mold growth, contact Envirotex Environmental Services. Serving Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia, Envirotex Environmental Services has completed thousands of mold and asbestos inspections and solutions throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area.
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Established in Northern Virginia in 2000, Envirotex Environmental Services was founded on military service. While serving his country, the company's owner Mr. Freeman gained vast knowledge and experience in the environmental services field. His expertise in air monitoring and hazardous materials testing prepared him for his post-military career.
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