Mold is a natural part of our environment, with some beneficial aspects. However, when it comes to your home, mold is the last thing you want. Certain types of mold can pose health risks, especially for those with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory conditions. Mold remediation becomes necessary in these situations, both to protect your health and to maintain the value and aesthetics of your home.

Here in Southern California, there are five common causes of mold growth in homes. Beyond the risk of water damage, these factors contribute to the growth of potentially harmful mold.

Leaking roof. A leaking roof doesn’t always result in water dripping into your living space. Slow leaks can lead to water damage in the attic or ceiling, which may go unnoticed for some time. Watch out for unusual discoloration on ceilings or walls, and inspect your roof annually for missing or loose shingles. Regularly clean out gutters to prevent water from backing up into your home.

Dripping pipes. Check for leaks in your plumbing system by turning off all faucets and water appliances and monitoring your water meter. If the meter changes within an hour, you likely have a leak. Leaking pipes not only create moisture that promotes mold growth but also cause hidden water damage over time.

Basements. Basements tend to be humid and damp, providing an ideal environment for mold growth.  Although basements are rare in California, if you own a home that has one, you may want to consider a dehumidifier to control moisture levels.

Drainage issues. Poor drainage around your home can lead to water pooling near the foundation, increasing the risk of mold growth. Watch for signs of erosion, standing water, or excessive mosquitoes, as they indicate drainage problems. Consider consulting a landscaping expert to address drainage issues.

Flooding. Natural disasters like floods can cause extensive water damage and mold issues. While you can’t prevent such disasters, you can research flood zones and purchase appropriate homeowners insurance. If mold remediation is needed after a flood, at least you’ve protected yourself financially.

Because prevention is always better than having to remedy an unfortunate situation, keep an eye out for these potential problems that can trigger mold growth in the home. Fix any issues quickly and you can often ward off the worst of water damage problems.

If your home does experience water damage, we’re here to help you restore it and eliminate hazardous mold. Don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance with mold remediation and restoring your home to a safe and healthy condition.