Mold: everyone has dealt with it at some point in their lives. From leaving a bread bag open to forgetting a bag of apples in the fruit drawer; it has a tendency to pop up whenever things get forgotten in the dark.
But is darkness and moisture all there is to what makes mold grow? Not quite! Mold is a remarkably complex organism that requires extremely specific conditions to spread. There’s a reason, after all, that your shower has mildew problems and your neighbor’s remains sparkling. Moreover, what exactly is mold? It’s certainly not a plant or an animal, and its lack of discernible features aside from its color makes it difficult to classify—and difficult to get rid of.
If you’re musing about mold or are frustrated because you can’t get rid of it, never fear. CCS Cleaning & Restoration, your Faribault mold remediation experts, will answer all your mold-related questions below.
What Is Mold? A Brief Biology Lesson
To understand the best approach to ridding a house of mold, it’s first necessary to know a little bit about it.
Mold, scientifically speaking, is a fungus—yes, like toadstools or the mushrooms you put on your pasta. It is different from plants in that it doesn’t photosynthesize, meaning it does not get its energy from the sun. Rather, all molds, like all fungi, are decomposers, which means they feed off of and break down organic matter. Organic matter in this case can mean anything from paper to wood to your food.
While mold might be a nuisance to us, it plays a crucial role in the natural ecosystem, as it breaks down detritus and returns nutrients to the soil for trees and grass to reuse.
How Does Mold Grow In The Home?
Mold, whether in the natural world or in our homes, requires three things to grow:
Mold grows well in humid environments where there’s a lot of moisture in the air. Like all living things on this planet, all fungi need water to survive. And yes, mold is considered a living thing.
While this isn’t a requirement for many molds (hence why fruit will get moldy if you so much as leave it on the counter), sunlight can evaporate the water that mold needs to grow—hence why you often find mold in dark places.
It doesn’t need to be excessive; many mold species grow very well at room temperature. However, freezing temperatures are not hospitable to many species, hence why you don’t often find mold growing in a well-kept refrigerator.
What Health Risks Does Mold Pose?
Unfortunately, certain strains of mold can cause health problems due to the large amount of spores they secrete into the air. According to the CDC and the EPA, exposure to mold spores can cause:
● Throat irritation
● Asthma attacks
● Coughing and wheezing
● Serious lung infections in the susceptible
● Autoimmune disorders in the susceptible
What Causes Mold Infestations?
If mold causes many health issues—not to mention looks downright disgusting—it’s only natural that you’d want to learn how to prevent it from taking hold of your home. We’ve already discussed the three ingredients necessary for mold to grow on a given surface: moisture, darkness, and heat. But there are a few specific circumstances that make this growth far more likely than it would be otherwise—circumstances that warrant immediate professional attention.
Sure, mold can sometimes make do with the humidity in the air and use it to grow, hence why you often see the stuff in places like bathrooms. But leaky pipes, flooding, and even the water firefighters might use to save your home present mold with a treasure trove of resources. Plus, because the water in many cases can be left undetected or undealt with for quite some time, it has a tendency to seep into tiny cracks and crevices, furthering mold’s growth opportunities.
It’s one of the many reasons that any sort of water damage requires prompt attention, as we discuss in our cleaning services blog that investigates the link between water clean-up and the potential for mold formation.
It might just be water damage in a different form, but ventilation problems are different enough from what most homeowners picture as water damage that it’s worth a mention.
According to the National Post, “homes are built to be more airtight to help increase energy efficiency.” While this is great for the environment and your heating and cooling bills, it does mean that sometimes these homes can suffer from humidity problems, which in turn can lead to mold formation. The solution? After getting a professional provider of mold remediation services out to the property so that it’s once again safe to inhabit, consider getting an HVAC pro to have a look at your home. They’ll provide ventilation solutions and help prevent future problems.
How Do You Go About Mold Removal?
Due to all the health risks associated with mold, homes and businesses must take action immediately to rid their buildings of it. However, this is easier said than done. As mold is not a plant, your run-of-the-mill herbicide or cleaning product won’t work.
That’s why you should always contact CCS Cleaning & Restoration for mold testing and the removal of mold and mildew. Our mold removal process is thorough as can be:
We Destroy Mold With Top-Of-the-Line Products
Using commercial products, we will investigate every nook and cranny of your home, scrubbing away all traces of mildew and drastically decreasing the likelihood it will grow again.
We Check Piping for Water Damage
Any tiny bit of mold left behind means a possibility it will return to infest your home. Not only will we check over your pipes, we’ll scrub them down, too.
We Go Above and Beyond to Leave Your Home Mold-Free
If, say, a patch of carpet is too mold-ridden to save, we’ll rip it out and dispose of it. No project is too big or small. How’s that for great service?
Our Approach to Handling Water Clean-Up Is Second to None
As we detail in our water damage restoration blog, we know how to get underneath the surface when it comes to moisture problems and remove mold-causing dampness that all too often gets left behind. When you contact us for your water damage repair needs, you can rest easy knowing that mold won’t follow.