Mold grows everywhere, both inside and outside, causing damage to your home and health. It is common year-round and has the unique ability to find the perfect conditions to do so and thrive. Outside mold invades organic material such as leaves, wood, and grass. It is found in soil and on plants and will also grow in the dirt that cling to surfaces such as concrete and metal. With moisture, humidity, and food, mold will start growing within 24 to 48 hours. Mold can also grow and sustain in very cold temperatures and even under snow covered areas, molds can still live.
Additionally, mold from outside can be easily tracked inside the home through shoes or other items that are transferred. Inside, it can grow on surfaces such as paper products, cardboard, wood products, ceiling tiles, wallpaper, insulation, drywall carpet, fabric, and upholstery. Mold spores can become airborne affecting the indoor air quality and could potentially cause a host of negative health symptoms along with damage to your home, belongings, and lead to costly remediation.
There are many places outside the home you may see mold growing, some are listed below:
- Wood Fences
- Wood or Concrete Decks or Floors
- Metal Patio Siding or Sheds
- Outdoor Carpet
- Patio Furniture and Umbrellas
- Potting Soil
- Mulch and Compost Piles
- Leaves and Debris
There are some things that you can do to prevent mold growth outside and from being transferred inside:
o Keep water flow away from your property or structure
o Bag or rake grass clippings after lawn mowing
o Rack up and bag leaves and debris
o Sweep and clean patio, porch and around door openings to remove dirt and dust that can promote mold growth
o Pressure wash siding, roof, walkways, sheds, or outside buildings making sure the water does not get inside
o Keep trees, plants, and shrubs a safe distance from siding and roof
o Store firewood or wood products away from home and preferably in a weatherproof shed or structure
Living in a humid location is more likely to promote mold growth so awareness, education, and prevention is key. Taking regular steps to inspect all areas inside and outside your home can help to deal with the negative effects of mold growth, poor air quality, and potential major issues in the future.
At Coastal Air Assessments, we work our way from the outside in, first identifying potential issues at the exterior of the home that could be causing poor air quality inside the home. Our Mold Assessments and Air Sampling Tests are timely, accurate, and a true asset for Florida homeowners. We’ll provide a detailed indoor air quality assessment that will get to the root of a potential mold issue and identify sensible solutions so that you and your family can breathe a little easier. Contact us today for your free consultation.