What Causes Mold and What Can I Do About It?April 8, 2020
One of our major services here at Pro-Care Disaster Restoration Services is mold remediation. We are often asked what the dangers are and how the mold initially began. Our team has studied mold and its consequences on humans and have learned that it is a serious problem that needs to be dealt with whether you find it inside your home or business.
What is Mold?
Mold is a type of fungus that consists of small organisms found almost everywhere around us both outdoors and indoors. The mold can be black, white, orange, green, or purple.
Outdoors, molds play an important role in nature, breaking down dead leaves, plants, and trees. It is an important part of our global ecosystem where it decomposes other organisms. Molds thrive on moisture and reproduce by means of tiny, lightweight spores that travel through the air. You are most likely exposed to mold every day.
Indoors, you can find mold in places where moisture and humidity thrives. One such place is the kitchen. For example you may find mold in the refrigerator, under the stove, near the sink, or along window sills. Bathrooms and basements are also a common spot where mold can begin to grow.
What do all these places have in common? A moist environment and organic material.
What Is Needed for Mold to Grow?
Mold and mildew really only need only a damp, moist environment and organic material to establish themselves and thrive. That means if your roof leaked over the winter or your faucet drips constantly, you may be vulnerable to mold. Leaky pipes or pipes that are accumulating condensation can also cause mold to grow.
Basically, anywhere in your home where moisture can become high and there is an organic item such as wood, paper, wallpaper, clothing, drywall, storage items, and furnishings, you can begin to see mold grow.
How Can I Prevent Mold Growth?
Some homeowners face conditions like flooding, roof damage, or burst pipes that can cause mold to grow. These incidences are usually not foreseen and can be remediated once the event occurs.
Regular moisture build up in a home, however, is something that every homeowner should be aware of and try to deter. Here are a few ways to keep moisture and dampness at bay in your home.
- Keep things as clean as possible in your home. This goes for the basement, crawl spaces, kitchens, and bathrooms. Clean with soap and water and wipe down with a mixture of bleach and water to kill any organisms that can promote mold growth.
- Rid your home of dampness by allowing for air flow and by using a dehumidifier.
- Check or apply a moisture barrier in your home to be sure mold can not grow. Add insulation to cold surfaces, such as exterior walls, floors, and windows to reduce condensation.
- Repair and mitigate any issues with leaking on your roof or with any plumbing.
- Keep air conditioning drip pans clean. Make sure drain lines are free of obstructions and flow properly.
If you suspect mold growth in your home after a flood, broken pipe, natural event, or the moist environment in your home, call our team for an evaluation. We are certified in Mold Remediation by the Indoor Air Quality Association. Pro-Care’s remediation technicians are trained in the proper protocol to remediate mold-affected areas while protecting the inhabitants and the unaffected areas of your home or building from cross contamination.
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