How Mold Spores can Spread Quickly Throughout a HomeFebruary 14, 2018 10:00 am
For many homeowners, unfortunately, mold is a real issue. Though most types of mold are relatively harmless – the worst thing they can cause is a mild allergic reaction – some mold poses a genuine health risk. For this reason, any homeowner should be aware of how fast mold spores can spread throughout a home.
Let’s start with the bad news: generally speaking, mold can be found in almost any environment. The main thing about mold is that it thrives off of warmth and moisture; areas with dim lightning, little air circulation, and an average temperature of 68F are particularly at risk of mold growth.
How does mold get inside these areas? Well, mold spores travel through the air, which allows them to attach themselves to damp surfaces. However, it’s important to note that mold does not become a problem until it starts to proliferate. Mold is always present in the air, but it needs favorable conditions for growth.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t take a lot for mold to start growing. As soon as mold spores attach themselves to an item, they will start releasing even more spores into the air. Many types of mold will start proliferating in the first 24 to 48 hours, and a genuine mold infestation usually happens within the first 14 days.
In many cases, this kind of infestation won’t be discovered before it’s already become a problem. This is one of the main reasons why mold spores are so hard to eradicate. Even after the mold source has been identified and destroyed, mold is sometimes able to come back to the same spot.
Why does this happen? For one thing, mold spores are probably more versatile than you might think. Though it’s true that mold prefers to grow in cold and damp locations, it’s also capable of going dormant and surviving without moisture. While in its dormant state, mold can feed off of many types of materials, such as carpets, wall paper, wood, sheetrock, ceiling tiles, paints, and upholstery.
If you’re dealing with an exceptionally stubborn type of mold, your best bet would be to contact a mold remediation company like Coastline Environmental Solutions. Even if it’s not capable of causing serious health issues, mold is able to proliferate to a point where it’s almost impossible to remove. In other words, this is not a problem you should ignore. As soon as you notice a mold infestation in your home, contact a professional and have them deal with the issue.
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Vincent J. Attardo is the President/CEO of Coastline Environmental Solutions, Inc. He provides Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) investigations, mold and bacteria testing, water damage/mold remediation and repair, and is available for consultation and public speaking. For more information please visit www.coastlineclean.com. Readers may contact him at 800-847-3867 or email at [email protected]