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Understanding Mold

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Mold in a crawl space in Venura, CA.


How did it get here?

Mold can grow by digesting and destroying the material the spores are on. Mold spores can be found almost anywhere and can grow on just about any material as long as conditions are right.  Mold needs oxygen, a source of moisture, and a boidegradable material to grow on. Molds reproduce by making spores. These spores can become airborne. If airborne spores land on suitable material and conditions are favorable, the mold will begin to grow within 48-72 hours.

Even though mold spores can be found everywhere, they become a problem when they begin to grow indoors. Many building materials such as drywall, ceiling tiles, and wood framing are materials on which molds can and do grow. As molds grow on building materials they may become destructive rapidly. Molds may grow unnoticed for some time.  They hide in & above ceilings, behind walls, in attics and basements or in crawl spaces. Molds can cause staining of walls and ceilings and can begin to break down the studs and joists of buildings causing extensive property damage.

Excessive moisture is a key ingredient which causes molds to grow. Sources of excess moisture may be plumbing leaks, leaking appliances, roofs or windows, high humidity, flooding, or condensation inside walls due to poor insulation.

SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County has 24 years of Mold Remediation experience and knows exactly how to help get mold under control.

Call us today for a free inspection. 805-507-5507

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