Question

Could my indoor plants be the reason for mold in my house?

Asked by David Robert Jones
Bucyrus, KS

I know if I had a forest in house it could but I have about 7 plants in my 2200 sq foot home. I have noticed a little mold on my kitchen window right above my sink. I have a few plants on the window sill. I was thinking the obvious reason for the mold was the sink but was told plants contribute a bunch.

Answer

Edward Wright

Answered by Edward Wright

Cincinnati, Ohio

Wright Design, LLC

August 22, 2012

David,

Mold spores are everywhere, both inside and outside our homes. This is unavoidable. The reason we see active, growing mold in any place in our homes is that sufficient moisture, temperature and food are present for growth.

My theory is the water evaporating and transpiring from the pots and plants may have tipped the balance slightly in favor of mold growth - a local 'micro-climate' above your sink.

If you are able to move the plants into an area further from the window with good air circulation and

  • clean the walls with an anti-fungal, like bleach,
  • then you can observe if the mold returns.

If it does, then there may be some building related items to consider, such as condensation occurring from a broken seal on an insulated window or an external moisture issue relating to window flashing or sealant failures.

Best of Luck,

Edward

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