What is mold?
Molds are fungi that are found both indoors and outdoors and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that there are tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more different species of mold. We are typically most concerned with Stachybotrys chartarum, which is often referred to as black mold or toxic mold. This is the type of mold that thrives in areas of moisture and produces dangerous mycotoxins which can lead to detrimental health consequences.
Where does mold come from?
Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions. It spreads by making microscopic spores that are airborne. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.
- Mold can grow in as little as 48 hours.
- Molds thrive in moist environments created by a flood, slow leak, broken pipe, or just high humidity.
- Molds need an organic food source. One common food source is cellulose, which is found in building materials such as wood and drywall.
Is mold preventable?
Yes. In the event of a water leak or spill, time is of the essence. Dry materials that are wet or damp within 24 to 48 hours. It is unlikely that mold will grow if you do this. If materials or areas remain wet, it is inevitable that mold will start to grow.
Can I remove the mold on my own?
The natural inclination for many is to try to remove mold on their own as soon as it is discovered. However, attempting mold removal and mildew removal on one's own can often make the damage and danger worse by releasing mold spores and exacerbating the issue.
Can mold be completely removed forever from my home?
Due to the microscopic nature of mold spores, removing all mold from a property is not always a realistic goal; however, mold remediation professionals can repair the damage, restoring your home or business to a healthy, clean state.