Where Does Mold Grow?

mold grow san diego ca Do you have signs of mold growing in your home or workplace?

You could be living or working in a building with mold right now.  Just because you can’t see mold doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist inside the places we live, work, and play.  Many times the mold growing manifests in dark tucked away places, places that would be virtually impossible to detect without a professional mold inspection.

Some of the most common places molds are found are those places we can’t see like the backside of drywall, the top side of ceiling tiles, on carpet and carpet pads, in damp areas that are hidden behind furniture and cabinetry, and in ventilation ducts.  Any area where there is potential for moisture and humidity is the ideal place for mold growing!

Should I only look for mold inside my house?

Mold is not just limited to indoor locations like your shower where moisture content is high. It is also common in outdoor places that are shaded and damp (e.g. decomposing vegetation).  All types and locations of mold should be treated to prevent further mold damage and the potential spreading of spores.  Contact a mold remediation specialist to take the necessary precautions when dealing with mold. Remember mold is not just surface deep! Excessive concentrations of exterior mold that are close to the structure can easily spread and become an indoor mold problem.

I found mold growing in my home.  What should I do?

Call us.  Now.

Mold in your home or work environment does not happen without cause.  Mold grows due to a condition of moisture feeding into a substrate.  Mold seen around the sealant in your bathtub, shower, or sinks may be able to be treated at home by yourself.  However, mold on walls, floors, ceilings, and furniture, in your heating and air conditioning units – often is caused by something much more involved.

Fix the Cause of Moisture

Trying to remove that kind of mold condition on your own could actually cause you to unintentionally spread the mold throughout your home.  Also, in a larger mold situation, it is not good enough to just remove the surface mold. You need to identify and fix the cause of the moisture problem first in order to avoid mold growing back again.

If you are susceptible to mold and mold is seen or smelled, there is a potential health risk; therefore, no matter what type of mold is present, you should arrange for its removal. Furthermore, reliable sampling for mold can be expensive, and standards for judging what is and what is not an acceptable or tolerable quantity of mold have not been established.

How can I help prevent mold growing?

Checking for mold in your home on a regular basis not only helps to ensure safety for you and your family but also can save you thousands of dollars down the line. Any common area that receives constant exposure to moisture like bathrooms, laundry rooms, and ground floor rooms that stay closed up or lack sunshine exposure should be properly ventilated.

Make sure rooms with moisture are well ventilated

After a hot steamy shower, crack a window and leave the bathroom door open until the moisture in the air evaporates. If you encounter a wet season and find leaks in your home, make sure that standing water is removed immediately.   Call in professionals to ensure dry and safe conditions.  At the first signs of mildew or mold contamination contact our mold remediation specialists to inspect the potential hazard in your home. It is always better to be safe than sorry! When it comes to mold you have no idea how much you are dealing with, without the use of remediation equipment.

If I can’t see the mold, how do the professionals?

Mold remediation professionals utilize special moisture detecting equipment to evaluate mold infestation in your home. The most common mold inspection equipment includes borescopes and moisture meters. Both of these devices are used to find the hidden mold in your home by testing moisture content in certain areas. Remember that mold remediation is no different than any other profession. A specialist is needed to properly diagnose a situation, so do not settle for less than the best.

If you recognize any visible signs of mold growing in your home, the best thing you can do for your home and your family is to contact us.  We will have one of our certified remediation specialists assess your situation to decide what will be best for your mold remediation.

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