Why SERVPRO for Mold
Mold is an inevitable part of the world around us. Every household has a small amount of mold in them by nature. But when you find large amounts of mold, especially in one place, then there’s a much larger problem. Understanding where mold comes from and how it works can help you to further prevent it.
So how does mold start? Mold is a living organism that can be found anywhere in the right conditions and can grow on just about any substance. If mold spores should find their way to a moist environment, the potential for mold growth is there. Mold spores are the byproduct of mold and moves through the air both inside and outside your home. This means that you could have mold in one area of your home, but the air currents could spread mold spores to other rooms.
Now that you know how mold begins, let's look at how it grows. Once mold spores have found the perfect environment, they begin to grow. Many of the materials in your home are the perfect environment for mold. Carpeting and padding, drywall, plywood, and other surfaces are likely places for mold to invade. Dust, cellulose, and other organic materials are their food source. Leaking pipes and roofing, excessive moisture in bathrooms, and additional moisture sources contribute to growth of mold. Getting rid of the food source or the moisture will get alleviate it, right? Wrong. Mold will become dormant instead, putting itself into a state of hibernation. When there’s no food, the mold “sleeps” until the food source is back to being plentiful. Mold will wait until the right conditions reappear to reactivate itself. Mold may not have an apparent source of moisture, but even just the humidity in a home can be enough for it to thrive. This moisture-laden air allows water vapor to collect on the surface the mold is living on as it condenses. You may find that you don’t have the proper vapor barriers in your home, then mold can thrive in crawl spaces and basements.
How does one get rid of mold? It’s plain to see that mold is not easy to eliminate. Although there are plenty of DIY sprays that claim to kill mold, some may in fact worsen the problem. Mold remediation is also more than just spraying the mold and forgetting about the problem. Special procedures must be taken to ensure you get all it out of your home, or you’ll find that in a short time, you’re back to square one with hidden mold spreading back to where you just cleaned it.
Do I really need to worry about mold? The short answer is, yes. Though most mold is harmless and simply unsightly, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
What do I do when I find mold? Call SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton, & Marion Counties to take care of the mold for you! Mold isn’t one of the most straightforward problems to get rid of in your home. It can be very easy to miss a spot here or there and allow it to retake a substantial foothold after a short time. SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton, & Marion Counties has a thorough mold process to ensure the mold doesn’t come back. We are familiar with how mold grows and behaves, so we have a better chance of removing it all the right way, the first time. Call us today! And we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”