What is mold?
We have probably all encountered mold at one time or another. It might have been in the shower, or on a stale piece of bread or wet drywall. Mold is part of the natural decay process of organic materials. There are many different species of mold, and while they are diverse, they share some common characteristics:
•Molds require oxygen, so they do not grow under water.
•Molds require moisture. To prevent mold, buildings must be kept dry.
•Molds are spread by tiny particles called “spores.”
•Molds require an organic food source. The most common food source indoors is cellulose, which is found in building materials such as wood and drywall.
Why is mold a problem?
•Active mold colonies more often than not release a very unpleasant, musty odor.
•Because it will eventually destroy whatever surface it grows on. The job of mold is to digest, decay and recycle dead organic matter.
•Exposure to mold spores can cause mild to severe allergic reactions, depending on individual sensitivity.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a helpful guidebook for homeowners about the cleanup and prevention of mold problems in homes. This booklet, entitled “A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home”, can help you decide when you can handle mold cleanup yourself and when you should call a licensed professional.
Living or working in a moldy home or building is not advised just because the extent of the effects of mold is still to be determined. The obvious response is to address water intrusion issues quickly and thoroughly, before mold has the chance to grow. Water Damage Coral Springs in the Coral Springs area is one of the industry leaders in professional water damage mitigation and restoration services and is ready to serve you. Our mold technicians are certified to handle the problems associated with your loss. If you suspect you may have mold, call today for a complete inspection and estimate.