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Basic Facts About Mold

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Roof leak with roof open to environment Roof leaks can lead to hidden mold

Mold can be quite a nuisance and can be very dangerous, especially for those with respiratory issues. Not only is mold dangerous but mold grows rapidly in places where moisture resides. Our homes and workplaces are surrounded by sources of moisture.

Mold is usually found near leaky roofs, windows, pipes, and where flooding has occurred. Mold grows typically well on paper products like cardboard, on tiles and wood products, in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpets, fabric, and even upholstery. The goal is to keep mold out of the home and to know what to do if you find mold. 

How does mold get indoors?

Mold enters easily through open doorways, windows, vents, and HVAC systems. Mold often comes indoors by attaching itself to clothing, shoes, and pets. 

How does mold grow rapidly?

Mold will travel indoors and drop in places where there is plenty of moisture. Materials that hold moisture have enough nutrients to allow mold to thrive and grow at a rapid pace. Keeping moisture out of the home is ideal but more difficult than expected.

How do I keep mold from growing?

  • Keep humidity levels down, between 30% and 50% by using an air conditioner or a dehumidifier
  • Fix leaky roofs, windows, pipes. 
  • Ventilate shower, laundry, and cooking areas and ensure these areas have ventilation sources such as vents. 
  • In flooding events, clean and dry the affected area by contacting SERVPRO of Palm Desert for mold remediation and restoration.

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