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Understanding Mold Spread and How To Stop It

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

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Understanding Mold Spread and How To Stop It

Black mold, the dreaded phrase that makes nearly every homeowner jump out of their boots when they see a spec of could-be mold, is likely not what you are dealing with. Fortunately, toxic mold is not as common as many people think. However, that does not mean that you should be any less concerned about the presence and spreading mold problem that the tiny spec suggests. Mold is destructive and if left to colonize it can condemn a home. Therefore, it is necessary to understand how mold develops, what leads to its spread and growth and how to eliminate it.

1. Mold Development

Mold spores are microscopic organisms that are always around you, and while they will often never amount to anything you need to worry about, under the right conditions they can colonize in your home. Once spores find an adequate living environment, they gather and reproduce, essentially colonizing in 1 to 14 days. They thrive in moist, warm and dark environments, meaning that basements, attics and even wall cavities are prime locations for colonization.

2. Air Circulation

While spreading mold does require air circulation to find new locations throughout your home, it does not have to move on strong air currents. For instance, the stack effect is when mold spores rise on the warm air currents from the lower levels of your home to the upper levels.

3. Remediation

If you have or are suspicious of a possible mold colony in your home, then contact a mold remediation specialist in the Portage, PA, area. These professionals will assess your property and tests suspicious substances to determine the level of infestation you are dealing with and develop a plan for removal.

Mold is a concern for many homeowners, and it is a problem that can lead to significant damage if left unchecked. Therefore, to prevent spreading mold, you should contact a professional at the first sign of a problem and have it removed.

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