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
  • Condensation

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) 501-4112. The comprehensive remediation services we offer at ServiceMaster Enterprise will ensure that your home or business stays safe and healthy.

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