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3 Hidden Places Mold Spores Can Thrive In Your Home

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

A typical individual mold spore is as small as 3 microns. By comparison, a human hair is over 100 microns wide. Mold is ubiquitous in nature and dormant mold spores pervade the environment, both outdoors and indoors. Once specific conditions of moisture, temperature and food supply are met, dormant spores can quickly become active and start to multiply. Live reproductive spores are released into indoor air, spreading contamination. Inhaling these living spores is a known cause of allergic reactions and even chronic illness in certain individuals.  

Here are three hidden locations where conditions are favorable for mold growth inside your house:

Down in the Basement

Damp basements are common due to lack of ventilation. Persistent dampness provides moisture for growing mold. Also, since household plumbing is often routed through the basement, small leaks and condensation on pipes contribute to the dampness. Mold dislikes natural sunlight and grows best in cool temperatures, so a darkened basement is a preferred location. The pungent musty odor often associated with basements is usually a giveaway that mold is growing there.

Up in the Attic

Mold spores lying dormant in a dark attic are waiting to be activated by contact with water. In enclosed attics, humidity often accumulates to high levels, providing sufficient water vapor to activate dormant spores. These spores grow well in porous material such as beds of insulation.  Minor roof leaks which may not be evident in living spaces below are another water source in the attic. Insulation material itself doesn’t provide mold food. However, the dust that accumulates within insulation fibers often contains nourishment and the paper backing attached to roll-out insulation batts provides cellulose, as well.

Inside the HVAC System

The condensate drip pan beneath the indoor air handler diverts condensation from the A/C evaporator coil into a household drain. If the pan drains sluggishly due to a clog, however, the continuous presence of warm stagnant water in the pan provides a perfect environment for mold. Spores pulled through the system airflow infect the water. Active mold growth may thrive in the drip pan and/or the system evaporator coil above.

The Dos and Don’ts of Dealing With Water Damage After Flooding

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Water Damage After FloodingMake no mistake, water damage after flooding is an emergency situation. There may be life-threatening hazards, structural damage issues and potential health dangers from contamination. In addition, property loss can be substantial. How you handle the event and its immediate aftermath are critical and may have a major impact on both the amount of loss as well as the progress of professional restoration. (more…)

What Homeowners Should Know Before Reentering a Flooded House

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

What Homeowners Should Know Before Reentering a Flooded HouseReentering a flooded house can be a grim and stressful experience. You’ll likely be apprehensive about what awaits you and what state your property and possessions will be in. However, you should also remember your own safety and well-being. Homes with water intrusion may have been contaminated with mold and/or bio-hazards from sewage water. There may be other dangers including electrical hazards. You’ve got a lot on your mind right now and a lot of steps to water damage recovery, but don’t forget these safety tips when reentering a flooded house. (more…)

What’s Involved in the 7-Step Mold Remediation Process?

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

mold remediationA successful mold remediation process begins as soon as possible. Mold only worsens as time passes after exposure to moisture. Indeed, its damaging effects may actually commence just hours after a water spill activates the spores that lie dormant in any house.

These are the steps that make up an effective and professional mold remediation process. (more…)