In hot, dry climates, any kind of humidity that’s introduced is a welcome change to an environment. Since we like to feel comfortable, we often treat the dry air in our homes or office by running a humidifier or air conditioner, but long-term use of either can contribute to mold growth. Water vapor from a humidifier can create perfect conditions for mold to form even in a dry climate. There is a tendency to keep air conditioners on and running for longer periods if you live or work in hot, dry climates. Attempts to add moisture in the air to make our homes or offices more comfortable make it difficult to find where it’s growing.
Because mold can invade places that aren’t easy to locate, check to see whether there is mold growth near your air conditioner duct intake. Continuous operation of your air conditioner unit can be a source of mold growth. To prevent the possibility of mold appearing in areas that aren’t visible, ducts should be properly sealed in all non-air-conditioned spaces so moisture, due to condensation, does not enter the HVAC system. Condensation in the HVAC can also be caused when heating and cooling systems are not properly insulated.
Crawl spaces are often the site of hidden mold growth, particularly if the crawl space has a bare earth floor. Soil wicks moisture, through capillary action, whether or not it’s moist or dry. The relative warmth of the crawl space will dry the soil by evaporation, adding this moisture to the air in the crawl space, where it can cause mold to grow. Moisture that accumulates in a crawl space can break the barrier between cracks in walls, floors, and ceilings to intrude in living spaces.
The importance of testing
The bottom line is that testing for mold is important — even in dry climates. Mold can form just about anywhere, and it’s not certain that your home or office is mold-free. Remember, mold will gradually destroy whatever it grows on, and preventing its growth will inhibit the damage. Of course, mold damage to your home, office walls, and furnishings is a definite health risk. Mold clean-up is only effective if the mold has not established itself into the innermost parts of your home or business’s structure.
A mold test should be considered only the starting point in mold investigation. Keep in mind that mold remediation comes at a high cost. Testing is the most affordable way to avoid costly remediation and replacement later on. Remember, mold poses a potential health risk to you, your family, and your employees.
Testing for mold will stall the spread. If you suspect you have mold in your home, First Choice Environmental Testing testing is efficient and affordable. Please call (719) 240-4930 or (719) 240-4929 to schedule an appointment.