Mold is a very destructive nuisance when it comes to properties and houses. And the worst part is that once it is present, it will continue to grow, unless appropriate action is taken. Mold can grow in as little as 48 hours any time excessive moisture is present indoors, where the moisture is the result of flood water, a slow leak, a broken pipe, or just high humidity. Indoor mold contamination has been identified as a major contributor to allergies and poor indoor air quality.

Facts about mold

  • Mold requires an organic food source. A common food source within properties is cellulose, which can be found in building materials such as wood and drywall.
  • Mold thrives in moisture-rich environments.
  • Molds are spread by tiny particles called “spores.”

Why is it a problem?

  • The colored, fuzzy growth on the surface of a wall, floor, ceiling or other indoor surface is obviously very unappealing.
  • Active mold colonies usually emit a very unpleasant, musty odor.
  • Because the job of mold is to digest, decay and recycle dead organic matter, it will eventually damage any surface it grows on.
  • Exposure to mold spores can cause mild to severe allergic reactions, depending on individual sensitivity.

What is a reasonable and safe response? The best way to deal with mold is to prevent it from happening. If the drying of wet building materials is commenced within 24 hours (assuming clean water), the chances of preventing mold growth are excellent. If building materials remain wet, it is inevitable that mold will start to grow.

However, once mold is present, drying is not enough. Moldy materials must be either removed or decontaminated. This process is called remediation, which means “to remedy” or “to cure.” Proper remediation procedures will be determined by the size, scope and nature of the mold contamination.

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 professional. The booklet is available on the EPA website at www.epa.gov/iaq/molds/moldguide.html.

For more information or to begin mold removal services, contact ServiceMaster Quality Restoration Services today!