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What are the Common Causes of Mold Growth?

The most common causes of mold growing on walls are high humidity, condensation, and water leaks, which are often hidden inside walls. Condensation forms when water vapor in the air meets cold surfaces and cools to become liquid. Condensation is especially common on walls which forms the perimeter of a house. These walls are often colder because of cool outdoor air on the other side.

If you dry wet clothes inside or even the steam from hot water can increase the humidity in the home. If humidity stays high in your home for a long time, then mold may begin to grow on your walls. Usually the best way to decrease humidity is to ventilate your home by opening windows and doors.

Leaking pipes near or inside of walls are also common causes of mold. If there is a leaking pipe inside a wall cavity, then mold will usually exist before it is discovered. If you smell musty, moldy odors, but do not see visible signs of mold growth, then try to determine where the source of odors might occur or contact SERVPRO® of Panthersville for an inspection.