Mold can begin to form as soon as 24 – 72 hours after a water event, given the right conditions.
Homes and business are always at risk of mold exposure due to a variety of factors. We believe that you should have all the information you need to understand what problems you could face when dealing with mold, and how to resolve them correctly.
First, what is mold? A mold is a form of fungus that can grow both indoors and out. For mold to grow, it needs a source of food, oxygen, and a humid environment. Mold spreads through the spores that it generates and these spores can survive in conditions that mold cannot – making mold a very stubborn and resistant problem that can reoccur even after the mold itself has been cleaned away.
Dangers of Mold in Your Home or Business:
Untreated mold can cause significant damage to the structure of your home or office. Mold feeds on organic matter and will commonly feed on the paper face of drywall, paper backed insulation, carpet, and pressed board cabinetry. Once the mold has affected these porous materials, the materials should be removed according to industry standards.
People have reported respiratory issues or flu-like symptoms associated with mold. Ask your doctor if you are concerned that mold may be affecting your health.
Mold requires specific conditions to thrive and spread. So to prevent mold, understanding the causes and stopping the problem at its source is key. These causes below tend to be the most common areas for mold to begin growth.
Often water begins to leak in the attic of a home and goes unnoticed. By the time you notice the leak mold has likely begun to grow.
Leaking pipes can also cause mold, but the more exposed pipes are the ones leaking behind the walls that you cannot see. Air conditioning condensation lines may become clogged creating water damage around the air handler.
If your home or business has poor ventilation, it will create stagnant moist air which will result in longer drying times for wet surfaces. The longer a surface remains wet, the more likely the potential that mold will form. Mold will often develop in closets that are not appropriately ventilated and behind furniture that is too close to a wall to allow sufficient air flow.
Due to the humid weather in the DC area along with the heavy rains, increased chances of mold growth in your home or business’s surfaces like the in walls or attic are incredibly likely. The air conditioning system in your home or office is the first line of defense against this humidity. If the air conditioning system is not dehumidifying correctly, mold can potentially become an issue quickly.
Signs of Mold:
Mold is never something you should be taking a chance with. Mold can grow on your roof, crawlspace, basement, ceiling, drywall, behind the wall or under the flooring. Understanding the signs of mold is extremely important to contact a licensed specialist to remediate the mold immediately.
Here are some of the common signs of mold:
Even if you cannot see mold, it does not mean it is not there. Often time’s people tend to smell a musty or damp odor before they see it.
Mold can grow almost anywhere, and sometimes it can be easily spotted in your home. If you spot black, brown, orange, purple, or pink spots anywhere in your home, you should contact a licensed mold professional.
However, sometimes the signs are not as obvious. If you see discolored drywall or swollen cabinetry in an area like the kitchen or bathroom, you may have a leak which has gone undetected. The space behind cabinets or vanities is a great place for mold to thrive.
Being able to identify mold cannot only help you save your home or business but your health. If you are ever uncertain if you have mold, it is always best to contact us, and we will have one of our licensed professionals help you today!