Why is Mold Growing Here – Again?
When mold first appeared in your Fort Myers Shores, FL, business you took immediate and thorough steps to address the problem – only to see it return to the same spot as if nothing ever happened. Mold growth is a pervasive issue both frustrating and endangering to your place of business, threatening property damage and an array of potential health effects. However, it shouldn’t become a recurring issue.
Understanding Mold Growth
Mold spores are a natural occurrence, microscopic in size and present almost everywhere. To grow into the familiar fungal nuisance the spores require four factors:
- Organic nutrients
- A surface to grow on
Dark places such as HVAC units or ductwork, interior walls, carpet and subflooring are all prime examples of places mold can thrive. The microscopic nature of mold spores doesn’t require significant amounts of water to grow, and when confronting mold in the same location water damage is most often the culprit. Check for remaining water damage in the location of the mold; HVAC systems can leave condensation and poor insulation may leave moisture buildup within the interior structure. Furthermore, check for humidity levels within your building. The EPA recommends indoor humidity levels remain between 30 and 50 percent. High humidity can create water vapor in the air; just enough for mold spores to thrive.
Understanding Mold Remediation
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as complete mold removal. The microscopic spores will always remain, but without the four key factors will not have the opportunity to grow into a colony. Thus, when mold is a recurring problem, it is a sure sign that water damage is still present in that location. To remediate mold, moisture levels must be addressed:
- Fix leaky pipes and malfunctioning HVAC systems
- Dry any liquid spills quickly and thoroughly
- Regularly utilize a dehumidifier
- Consider replacing porous material that mold has grown on
If you have taken these steps and mold growth is still occurring, a professional mold remediation team may be required. With the appropriate training and high-tech equipment, they can effectively keep mold the microscopic neighbor it should be.