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3 Secrets You Didn’t Know About Mold

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

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Mold: Three Things You Didn't Know

Trying to deal with black mold growth during the rainy seasons in San Antonio, TX, can become quite the task. It becomes tiresome to clean up floodwater, but it’s much worse to deal with the mold damage that comes as a result. Frustrating as it seems, it’s important to understand mold in order to begin dealing with it.

1. Mold Is Found Everywhere

Even though you can’t see them, black mold spores can be found almost anywhere you look. When mold spores are in their dormant state, they will not form into the telltale black spots until they find a suitable place to start growing.

After mold has dried, the spores take on the characteristics of dandelion seeds and use their newly exposed cellular legs like a parachute in the wind to search for the next damp spot to settle down. That’s why it’s almost impossible to isolate mold if you have a moisture problem in your building.

2. Mold Eats Too

Like all organisms, mold requires not only an environment to thrive in but also a food source. Made up of billions of organisms, growing mold will devour almost anything it is growing, including wood, carpet, drywall, and any material that has been made with organic matter.

Over time, this can create weaknesses in structures and walls, which can cause them to collapse or cave in. Many building materials are built to withstand minor or temporary water buildup, but they can’t always prevent mold from taking over and creating catastrophic damage.

3. Mold Can Survive in Almost Any Environment

Although growing mold prefers warmth and moisture, it can survive almost anywhere. Mold has been found to spread even in cold or dry locations; however, the process may take longer. If for any reason the growing process stops, mold will then dry up and move on to a new location or stay dormant until the environment is suitable again.

Black mold can be a nightmare to deal with for property owners in San Antonio, TX. A skilled restoration service can help you with mold cleanup to recover from a devastating outbreak.

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