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Conditions in your St. Charles County Homes Might be Right for Mold

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  

These conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Common Molds Found in Homes:

  • Aspergillus is a common allergenic mold found in households. This mold is most commonly found on foods and found in air ducts. This mold is usually characterized by fuzzy green and white spores.
  • Cladsporium is a mold characterized by dark green or brown suede-looking spores.  It's very unique that this mold can grow in both warm and cold environments unlike most molds that either do better in warm or cool environments.
  • Stachybotrys, also known as black mold, is a toxic mold due to the mycotoxins it can create. It is characterized as very dark green and black with a very slimy texture. this "black mold" likes to grow in wet areas with high humidity levels.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Western O'Fallon/Wentzville to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today: 636-856-9700

What to Do if You Find Mold:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Western O'Fallon/Wentzville for mold remediation services.

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