Mold needs three key ingredients to grow:
A food source that includes high cellulose content materials such as paper and wood. Other sources of food include drywall, wallpaper, carpet, ceiling tiles, dust, and dirt.
The ideal temperature of 5 degrees to 38 degrees provides ideal growing conditions for mold.
Most importantly, water and moisture is the essential ingredient required by mold to grow which can be provided by leaking pipes, roofs and ceiling, sewer backups, floods, and condensation
The problem with mold is that it keeps growing until it is removed. On average, 90% of our time is spent indoors, which can cause health issues for some as well as structural damage to a property if the mold is not contained and removed.
One of the first signs that you might have a mold problem will be a “musty” or “mildew” odor. The next step is to determine where the smell is coming from. The seven areas listed below are some of the most common areas in a home where you will find mold. Other visual clues to look for during your investigation of these areas include buckled floorboards, discolored carpet, new water stains on the ceiling or wall, and/or actual visual growth such as black specs.
Mold Area 1: Bathrooms and Kitchens
The most common area where you will find mold is under the sinks because of leaks.
Mold Area 2: Appliances
Another potential source of leaks in your refrigerator, dishwasher, and washing machines. Check behind and under the appliances for mold.
Mold Area 3: Roof
If you notice water stains on the ceilings, then your roof could be leaking which will cause mold if the leak is not repaired.
Mold Area 4: Windows
If you have condensation in the home, you will likely find mold on the window sills and around the windows.
Mold Area 5: Basement
You may find mold in your basement and other areas of your home if there is high humidity in your home.
Mold Area 6: Closets
Mold can develop in your closet due to leaky pipes, high humidity, and other sources of moisture. Make sure the closet is mold-free by moving the boxes and looking at the walls and floor.
Mold Area 7: Crawl Spaces
Moisture in your crawl space will cause mold to grow.
If you find mold in your home or business, keep in mind that some molds are toxic, and it is best not to disturb the mold, which may inadvertently release spores into the air and cause further problems.
Before you tackle the mold problem, contact us for a second opinion and peace of mind. At APD Roofing and Discount Dry Out Services have been serving the residents of Texas since 2009 and we have the experience to effectively advise you of the best course of action to effectively remove the mold and ensure that it is done properly. Most importantly, we offer a guarantee on our services to provide you with further peace of mind!
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