Signs That You May Have Mold
You may have heard of the complications that mold can cause in your home, but what exactly is mold? Mold is not a plant, but a fungus. We are exposed to small amounts of mold every single day through the air, but as soon as mold spores come into contact with a damp, moist surface and begin to reproduce, that is when they have the potential to become harmful.
Past Flooding, Water Leaks, and Condensation
High humidity and condensation create the perfect conditions for mold to grow. The microorganisms that turn into mold are always in the air around us. Once they are exposed to water, mold growth can start within 24-48 hours. If you have had past flooding, or have persistent high humidity in your home, it is at higher risk of developing mold growth.
Deterioration, Rust, and Warping
Condensation and moisture can manifest themselves physically in the form of deterioration and rusting. Some examples include pipes rusting, drywall and wood warping, paint chipping, wallpaper peeling, and other materials deteriorating. If you notice any of these, this could be a sign that your house has high moisture levels indicating a higher chance of there being mold growth.
Seeing and Smelling
If you see mold, immediate action is required. Even very small patches of mold have the potential to spread, and the fact that there is mold at all shows that your home has the correct conditions for mold growth. This is important to note, as mold can grow in places you cannot see, such as the inside of wallpaper, walls, ventilation ducts, and under carpets and floorboards. It is possible to smell mold without actually seeing it. Mold has a persistent smell that, over time, you can eventually get used to. This is dangerous as it can give homeowners the false impression of the mold having gone away.
If you detect any signs of mold in your home or business, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Media. Following the industry standards for mold remediation, we will work to remove the mold and reduce the likelihood of future mold growth.