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The Basics of Black Mold

3/25/2018 (Permalink)

The mold in this home was due to too much moisture coming off the air conditioner.

You may know that black mold is unsightly, smells bad and that it poses a serious threat to your home’s overall integrity, but do you understand what mold is or how it thrives? Many people do not. However, understanding mold is key to mold cleanup and prevention. If you want to preserve the structural integrity of your home and keep your home and family safe, you need to understand mold. This post outlines the basics of the bacteria and how you can use the information to your advantage.

Mold Basics

Here's what you need to know about mold:

• Mold is a type of fungi
• Like all fungi, mold needs moisture to thrive
• Mold does not thrive in well-lit places
• Mold releases spores and can therefore multiply quickly

If your home has a moisture problem, chances are that it also has mold. Black mold, like most other fungi, thrives in moist, dark areas. Mold is involved in biodegradation, which means that it plays a key role in the breakdown of materials and objects. If allowed to spread, the mold in your home could begin to eat at your home’s structure and contents and result in costly damages.

Mold comes in a variety of colors, but it is not always visible. Because of this, mold cleanup should be conducted by a professional and only after a mold test has been administered. If you suspect mold growth in your home but cannot find any visible signs of growth, look out for the following:

• A musty, moldy smell
• Allergic reactions
• Drooping ceilings or crumbling drywall
• Moisture problems
• Condensation

If you notice any of the above, you may have a mold problem. Contact your The Woodlands, TX mold cleanup team right away to begin remediation and restoration efforts. If you fail to act quickly, the problem could become much more invasive and much more expensive. Mold spores spread easily and, once they land, can take root in a matter of hours.

As with most things in life, knowledge is power. By understanding how black mold works, you can prevent mold growth and keep your home safe and healthy. Visit http://www.SERVPROthewoodlandsconroe.com for more information on mold. 

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