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  What Is Mold?
Commonly called mildew, molds
(sometimes referred to as "black mold") are a
subset of fungi that produce fluffy or powdery
growth on surfaces. Molds grow on any porous
and semi-porous surface, which include but are not limited to: concrete, wallpaper, metal, cloth, carpet, leather, wood, sheetrock, and insulation
(including growth on human foods) when moist conditions exist.

Molds reproduce by making spores that usually cannot be seen without magnification.

Mold spores flow through indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on.

Molds usually grow in damp places, behind walls, under floors, above ceiling tiles, and behind shower walls. Water is the key -- without it, molds cannot grow, much less spread. When water is left to sit for even 24 hours, mold infestation begins. If water continues to sit and areas become completely saturated, the ideal environment is created for toxic molds to grow, such as Stachybotrys.

What Causes Mold?

Molds may grow at high levels indoors in a home or building, if the right environmental conditions exist. Factors that influence mold growth include: moisture sources, improperly ventilated bathrooms, high humidity levels,
broken pipes and washing machine hoses, floods, leaking roofs, leaking
exterior siding products, and leaking windows and doors.
How Common Are Household Molds?

A 1994 Harvard University School of Public Health study of 10,000 homes in the United States and Canada found half had "conditions of water damage and mold associated with
a 50 to 100% increase in respiratory symptoms."
What If Mold Is Found?
Mold Detection Services, Inc. does not provide remediation services as it
is a CONFLICT OF INTEREST. However, the underlying cause of water accumulation must be rectified or fungal growth will recur.
What Is Remediation?
The purpose of mold remediation is to remove and/or clean contaminated materials in a way that prevents them from spreading mold to uncontaminated areas. It is necessary to clean up mold contamination,
not just kill the mold.
Questions To Ask Before Remediation
  • Has the source of moisture been fixed?

  • Are there existing moisture problems in the building?

  • Have building materials been wet more than 48 hours?

  • Are there hidden sources of water or is the humidity too high?

  • Is there a musty or moldy odor in the building?

  • Are building materials or furnishings visibly damaged?

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