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Three Common Questions We Are Asked, Almost, Daily About Mold

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to mold growth it can be difficult to know what exactly you’re dealing with and how to deal with it. Below are three common questions to ask when you see or suspect mold problems.

  1. What Is Mold?

Simply put, mold is fungus. There are many types of mold, and they exist everywhere. When it comes to the mold that is bad for you, its technical name is stachybotrys chartarum, which is commonly referred to as black mold. The spores of mold are microscopic, so you won’t always have visual evidence of the presence of mold. Mold will generally have a musty smell very similar to the smell of mildew, which can be confusing to know whether you have a mold or a mildew problem.

  1. What Makes Mold Grow?

Generally, mold grows because of moisture and heat. High humidity can exacerbate mold problems, helping it form in as little as 48 hours. Not only does moisture come from high humidity, but it can also come from water damage, such as leaky pipes or roofs or condensation. Mold growth is also encouraged in dark, warm environments.

  1. What Is the Difference between Regular Mold and Problematic Mold?

The presence of most molds is usually visible to the naked eye. Mildew, a type of mold that isn’t as problematic and can be cleaned away, is usually gray or white. However, problematic mold is usually black or green with a “fuzzy” or shiny texture. Even if only one of these types of mold appears to be present, it is possible that the other is present as well, since they can go hand in hand. Even if you have a good understanding of mold growth, it can still be a good idea to contact a professional and let them deal with remedying the problem. Additionally, stay away from the mold area, turn off air conditioners and fans and do not attempt any sort of cleaning.

 Restoring your home or business after a mold infestation is not always a simple process, but it is one that we can take care of for you. Call SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388.

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