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Common Mold Misconceptions

5/1/2024 (Permalink)

There are many misconceptions with mold, and I am sure you many of you have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. There are many types of mold, and many of them can produce allergens and irritants, causing a reaction to those exposed to it. It is important to note that in many instances multiple types of mold may exist in the same house or structure. So, no matter the look or type of the mold it is that you see, you never know how far it has spread in the unseen parts of your property and if it is the same mold. 

Here are some additional facts to better understand mold;

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If you find mold in your home it is important to stay out of the affected area, to not disturb it (this includes cleaning) and to immediately call 760-SERVPRO. We will be able to properly assist the situation and make the best plan to effectively remedy the mold within your property. 

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