Dry, hot, arid; these are the words that come to mind when thinking about Phoenix, Arizona. It is a desert after all! Slimy, dank, moist; these are the words that come to mind when thinking about mold. It can be surprising that in an environment as harsh are the Arizona desert, mold can still proliferate in your home. So how does mold happen in Phoenix?
Despite the arid outdoor environment, homes can become a veritable petri dish where mold can spread quickly through your home.
Mold grows most efficiently in environments that are warm and humid. This makes kitchens and restrooms the prime location for pesky mold to grow and spread throughout your home. While Arizona does not typically experience humid weather, this past summer could be an indication of changing climate. With the intermittent rain occurring nearly every week your home is at a higher risk of developing mold damage.
Additionally, many people will use humidifiers to combat the dry air in Arizona but these could also be called “mold machines” because they can quickly cause mold to spread throughout your home.
Here are some other issues in your home that can cause mold to proliferate.
Water leaks from pipes are the most common cause of mold growth in the home. The worst types of leaks are the ones that go unnoticed for an extended period of time. This can cause serious water damage and mold to sprout up.
If your roof experienced leaks over this past summer than it may be time to have someone check for mold damage within your home.
Combine warmth, humidity with poor ventilation and you have the perfect recipe for mold to occur within your home. Think of your home as a Tupperware container that has been sealed and left in the fridge for too long, without proper ventilation your home will spawn mold.
If you fear that your home has succumbed to mold give us a call today!