Mold is a fungus that you find just about everywhere in Pinecrest, FL. Outdoors, these biologic growths are a good thing, breaking down dead plants and leaves. Inside, however, mold can cause health problems, some of them severe. Here’s what you need to know.
How Do I Know It’s Mold?
The simplest way to identify mold is to look for colored spots. There are many different kinds of mold, and they come in a variety of colors: blue, white, green, yellow, pink, or black. Here are other signs of this type of growth:
- Unpleasant, musty odor
- Discoloration, blotches, or stains
- Prolonged health issues such as allergic reactions and respiratory or sinus infections
What Causes Mold?
These types of spores need certain conditions to survive. They need a food source (such as wood or fabric), oxygen, and darkness. Most spores require warmth, although a few thrive in cooler temperatures. The key element, however, is moisture. All structures feature the first four conditions. The variable is how much moisture you have: the more moisture, the greater the chance that you’ll develop a mold problem. Moisture stems from many sources:
- Leaky pipes or roof
- Floods and storms
- Indoor and outdoor humidity
Where Will I Find Mold?
Because water seeps pretty much anywhere, it grows on a variety of surfaces. Some of these biologic growths feed on wood, others do well on fabric, and some have no preference: They grow anywhere there’s enough moisture for the spores to reproduce. Following are the most common areas for fungus growth:
- HVAC ducts
- Basements, attics, and crawl spaces
- Wallpaper, insulation, and flooring
- Window frames, carpet, and drapery
If you think you might have a problem with mold in your Pinecrest, FL home or business, give us a call at (305) 590-5682. The comprehensive remediation services we offer at ServiceMaster Enterprise will ensure that your home or business stays safe and healthy.