Today the Mold Pros would like to discuss a sometimes misconception about the response to the discovery of mold. Removing the unsightly stains mold can cause is not the end, or even the beginning of the mold removal process.
The common places where mold is often discovered all have something in common, so to speak: moisture.
Mold needs these conditions before it can begin to grow in a home:
* Mold spores
* A food source (e.g. wood, drywall, cotton)
* Darkness (mold can’t grow under ultraviolet light)
* Warmth (mold can’t grow in freezing temperatures)
* Moisture (eg water leaks, humidity)
* Enough time (most molds can begin to grow in 24-48 hours if the conditions are right)
Moisture is really the key cause of mold growth since the other conditions on the list are always going to be present in homes.
So, essentially, the difference between whether mold grows in your home or not comes down to whether you have a moisture problem. Common sources of moisture in the home include:
* leaking pipes
* leaks in the roof
* poor ventilation
* wet clothes
* water at the house’s foundation
If the sources of the moisture are not also removed with the mold, you can be sure the mold will return. Mold removal, then, is so much more than simply cleaning the spots where the mold is discovered.
The Mold Pros not only clean the mold, but also apply bacterial treatments where necessary, using the green product, MaxGuard. And, we’ll discover the source of the moisture that is causing the mold to grow, and recommend the necessary steps to cure those causes, whether it is improving ventilation, repairing leaking pips or leaks in the roof, or whatever is contributing to the mold’s presence.
It’s more than soap, a sponge and hot water, as you can now see. Our inspections are FREE, so why not give us a call. We’ll respond quickly, and thoroughly investigate not just the mold, but also the source(s) of the moisture.