Controlling Future Mold Growth In Riverside
Mold damage may seem like a slow and minimally threatening factor in your home, but in reality, it is one of the most costly and preventable types of damage that exists. Unlike fires and floods, preventative measures can be taken to prevent mold growth in its entirety. Half of the battle is knowing where and how mold tends to grow and watching over vulnerable areas like a hawk. The other half involves keeping out its life essentials, namely a source of water.
Where To Watch For Mold
Mold grows most easily in dark, warm areas, such as in basements or behind walls. Importantly, Riverside mold damage always occurs on an organic surface such as fabric, carpet, or wood. This is because mold uses the surface it grows on as a food source, feeding on its nutrients and slowly wearing away at it. This is why prolonged mold exposure can cause a material to rot away: the mold is literally eating away at it. Check up on areas that are out of your normal sight lines and have an organic surface, especially in bathrooms, as these will be your primary growth spots for future mold damage.
What It Needs To Grow
Mold needs three things to grow: heat, food, and water. Unfortunately, the first two aren't controllable by you, as they are necessary for your own comfort and home. Water, however, can be controlled and kept from an area. Mold is adaptable and can grow with nearly any source of water, whether it is flowing or standing water on a surface, dampened material, or even just a high degree of humidity in the environment. All of these can be controlled, so be sure to keep humidity as low as possible and water away from parts of your home where it should not be.
SERVPRO of Harford County is fully certified and equipped to handle mold damage of all shapes, sizes, and species. Contact us as soon as you spot damage at (410) 679-6260.