What to Know About Mold
Mold affects more homes and businesses than you think - it’s everywhere. In fact, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re breathing it in as you’re reading this blog. Mold spores are ever present in nature and wet, damp environments are ideal breeding grounds for mold spores to grow and flourish. Left unchecked, the mold will get out of control and an expert mold remediation service company, like SERVPRO, will be needed to get rid of the problem.
Following are some mold facts in order to help you learn to understand the basics:
- Bleach does not kill mold and industry leaders do not recommend it. It usually grows back within weeks after being sprayed with bleach.
- All home buyers should require an inspection before buying a home. Even newly built homes can report active growth.
- Mold spores exist almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors. It only becomes a problem when large amounts of spores exist in an area. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps 300,000 or more.
- Often times, homeowner insurance policies do not cover damages directly related to mold.
- Organic and/or porous materials only have to be exposed to excessive moisture for 24-48 hours before mold can begin to grow.
- Mold growth usually does not happen directly on glass or concrete. However, it can grow on the dust that accumulates on these materials.
- Serious infestation reduces property values.
- Infestation usually means that there is a structural defect that’s allowing moisture access.
- Live Christmas trees can be a significant source of mold spores.
- Humidifiers can cause moldproblems because they could significantly increase indoor humidity making conditions right for mold growth.
- If you try to paint over porous surfaces, mold will grow through the paint.
- Outdoors, it plays an important role in nature. It breaks down toppled trees, fallen leaves, and dead animals.
Things that you can do to minimize the risk of mold contamination include promptly mitigating any water damage that occurs in your home. Drain backups, toilet overflows, leaky pipes and roof leaks, if not properly cleaned, disinfected and dried will create the wet environment that mold spores seek. A dehumidifier placed in an overly humid environment will help reduce the humidity levels which will preclude and minimize the spread of mold.
It is vital that you be continually look around your home or business for mold as well as follow your nose. Oftentimes the damp, musty smell is a good indicator that a problem is developing. Should you find yourself concerned about mold, please contact us here at SERVPRO of Dearborn Heights North/East Garden City where we work to make it “Like it never even happened.”