Mold Growth

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Conditions That Promote Mold Growth

In order for mold to grow anywhere, several conditions must be met. First of all, mold spores must be available. Studies have shown that mold spores can lie dormant for millions of years without growing. In order for growth to begin, mold spores need a food source, the appropriate temperature, and moisture.

If the atmosphere in your home or business is moist due to your location or to moisture intrusion, you may experience the growth of mold in your environment. Occurrences such as undetected roof leaks, water seeping into a wall due to faulty plumbing, water seepage into a basement, or even water that leaked onto a carpet and was never completely dried out can create an environment conducive to the growth of mold.

Mold Growth Hazards

Mold in your home or business can be more than a nuisance; it can affect your health with a wide range of allergy-like symptoms. The main cause of these symptoms, is the intrusion of mold spores into the body which then reacts by trying to destroy the invader. While the symptoms described above are not generally critical, a person with a compromised immune system may experience them to a far greater degree.

Mold can also destroy the wood in your home. It can create an overwhelming musty odor. It can even destroy wood in your home and weaken the structure. In short, if you suspect a mold infestation or mold growth anywhere in your home or business, it's a good idea to test for it's presence. You can find mold testing kits online that are relatively accurate, or you can choose to engage the services of a mold inspection expert, also available online. If there is mold in your environment, it is important to eliminate it to prevent the discomfort of allergy symptoms and to insure the integrity of your structure.

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