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How to Prevent Mold Growth on Windowsills

Posted on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Ever wonder what the discoloration is on your windows? You may be growing mold! But don’t panic, TCB EnviroCorp is here to help.

How Do I Know if Mold is Growing on My Windows?

You may not realize you have mold growing on your windows. On most homes, mold begins to grow at the bottom of the windows at the joint between the glass and window sash frame. Typically, the mold is colored and able to be seen, however, the mold can be the same color as the window frame, making it very difficult to see. A small amount of discoloration on your windows may be unattractive but is not harmful.  It is what is not seen that can cause the most harm.  In most instances the visual mold is not the total amount of mold that has accumulated. Large amounts of mold can potentially be dangerous to you and your family’s health. While window mold does not typically feed on windows themselves, it can destroy wood window frames, drywall, studs and anything with a porous surface.

How Do I Prevent Mold Growth on My Windowsills?

Leaking windows and condensation are the two leading causes for the buildup of mold on a windowsill. There are several ways you can prevent mold.

One way to prevent mold in your house is to reduce the amount of condensation on your windows. This can be done by setting your air conditioning thermostat above 70 degrees. To maintain proper airflow in your home, it is important to keep ceiling vents always open.

To further prevent mold growth on your windows, it is essential to regularly clean your home’s interior. The bedroom and bathroom are two very common places for mold growth indoors. These areas buildup more dust than any other room in the house, so it is important to regularly dust, wipe down and vacuum these areas.

Window mold is an eye sore, but it can also be dangerous to our health. It is important that you prevent mold on windowsills by cleaning your home’s existing windows on a regular basis.

If you are concerned about the mold around your windows, please give TCB EnviroCorp a call.  We are here to help and want you living a healthy life.

Is Black Mold Hiding in Your Walls?

Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

There are more than 100,000 known types of mold, many of them are black. Unless they are Stachybotrys, however, they are not “black” mold.

Stachybotrys chartarum is by all accounts the only “black” mold recognized by most professionals.  There are many other indoor toxic molds, including Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Alternaria to name a few.

Mold will generally present itself with a musty, earthy smell, like dirt and rotting leaves. Stachybotrys or “black” mold smells especially strong.  Mold needs food, water and a dark, stagnant environment with temperatures that neither freeze nor boil to grow. If your home has flooded or you notice excessive moisture on or around building materials, even dark rings on drywall indicating moisture damage, the conditions are ripe for black mold.

The first step will be to determine a mold species.  This is done either by air or tape sample with examination under a microscope by and independent laboratory. However, TCB EnviroCorp, Inc.will go one step further, we help you find the causal factor.  Why do I have mold?  There are many different scenarios that can cause mold of any kind to grow. Helping our clients find the source is what we do.

Any mold can cause problems for people who are allergic, but those molds referred to as “black” or “toxic” are particularly dangerous. Chances are, if the conditions inside your home are hospitable to mold, you’re going to have it. If you suspect mold in your home, you should hire a professional to assess and remove it for you.