A Basic Understanding of Mold
The sensational descriptions of it in media might deter one from seeing mold as anything more than a nightmarish substance wrought with risks of danger and damage. Whether it is black mold or a more benign colony, an understanding of mold can help prevent its spread; conveniently, the most effective way to handle the funky fungus.
What Causes Mold Growth?
Microscopic mold spores are everywhere, outdoors and indoors. They can be carried in the air, transported through HVAC systems or on the backs of pets and the bottom of shoes. Inherently harmless, the spores only become a fungal nuisance when exposed to four key elements:
- Organic nutrients
- A surface to grow on
Thus, a moisture problem can quickly become a mold problem when left unattended. The spores feed on dirt and dust remnants from the surface material, developing into a colony when exposed to increased moisture levels. Any water damage, leaking pipes, high humidity, or excessive levels of condensation can be breeding ground for any mold, including the black mold strain known for its higher risk of toxins. Before mold remediation can begin, all issues of water and moisture must be addressed so that the mold doesn’t have an opportunity to return.
What Gets Rid of Mold?
Due to the near-universal presence of the spores, removal isn’t an accurate term for mold cleanup. Instead, Yonkers, NY, professionals can remediate the problem using a variety of tactics:
• Mold containment: HVAC systems and fans are turned off to limit the spread of spores.
• Air filtration: Clearing the air of spores that may have spores from the presence of mold growth.
• Removal of mold-infested materials: Porous materials such as drywall and carpet may need replacement if exposed to heavy mold or black mold.
• Cleaning: A thorough cleaning of personal belongings and air quality can remove any odor and ensure a complete mold cleanup.