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The Ingredients for Mold Growth in American Homes

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

Don't let Mold Damage keep you down, call the experts at SERVPRO to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Mold spores are everywhere, permeating the air as microscopic particles of dust, impossible to fully control. A building is never truly absent of mold, as it will always contain at least a few spores laying dormant until they can find suitable growing conditions. Mold, while overall a very flexible, durable, and difficult to remove form of life, nonetheless requires a few key ingredients for it to grow properly. Unfortunately, most homes end up containing all three major factors, making mold a common calamity among American households and one of SERVPRO's most-reported issues.
 
Water
 
Water is the most important factor in mold growth, if only because it is the only one that can be controlled in your home. Preventing mold damage in Jacksonville is mostly reliant on keeping water controlled in a home, and quickly removing any extra water to keep things dry. When wood, tile grout, or other materials become soaked in water, they can retain that water for a long time unless powerful machines such as the air movers used by SERVPRO are used to dry materials out. In this way, water can take a very long time to contribute to mold growth.
 
Warmth
 
Mold doesn't usually grow in conditions that are either too hot or too cold, preferring to lay dormant until suitable temperatures are found. Unfortunately, most types of mold prefer the same temperatures as humans, meaning your climate-controlled home is an excellent spot for growth in any season.
 
Food Sources
 
Mold also needs a food source and surface to grow on, and this must be organic in nature. In the average home, there are many potential places and materials for mold to grow on, including wood, drywall, fabric, leather, carpeting, and more. Although mold growth is slow on some of these materials, keeping them dry is the only way to ensure that mold won't start growing on them.
 
SERVPRO of Arlington is a local damage restoration company with the tools and experience to handle even the worst cases of mold damage. If your home has taken mold damage, call us at (904) 721-2230 for our services.

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