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Mold is Everywhere

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

Extreme Mold Infestation Living Room covered in mold.

Did you know that mold is everywhere, both outside and inside your home?  The spores are constantly floating around and cause little adverse issues until they find a nice moist place to grow.  This is where small leaks in roofs, pipes, basements, windows, etc. can create a serious problem for both health and property.

Places where mold often appears include:

  • areas where leaks occur, especially behind walls and concealed by sheetrock
  • where flooding has occurred
  • areas that routinely get wet (where is your dog's bowl?)
  • windows where condensation builds up
  • places where the air does not circulate well
  • wet cellulose materials are most supportive of mold growth.

Molds produce spores, which spread by floating in the air. Mold spores are present in all indoor environments. There is no way to prevent spores, and they can persist in conditions where mold itself cannot grow.

Mold spores thrive in environments that are moist and warm, so when they land on a damp spot, they begin to grow.

Molds can grow on a variety of different surfaces, including fabric, paper, wood, glass, and plastic. As they grow, they may digest the material they are growing on. 

Molds are classified in three different ways:

Allergenic: Molds that cause and produce health effects.

Pathogenic: Molds that cause health effects in those suffering from an acute illness.

Toxigenic: Molds that produce toxic substances that can lead to health effects. This is sometimes referred to as “toxic mold.”


Getting rid of mold is a very complex undertaking. Not only is mold difficult to identify, but it’s also dangerous to be around. SERVPRO uses mold remediation equipment and techniques that protect both you and our team.  Our remediation strategy is specifically designed to address the damage that has already occurred and prevent the problem from recurring.

Not sure if there is an issue?:

SERVPRO intentionally does not do mold testing to prevent any potential conflict of interest.  Often times the mold is obvious to our technicians.  If there is uncertainty, we can recommend a reputable testing company that can help.  Based on their findings we will develop a plan to address the remediation.

Call us today for more information.

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