Mold: everyone has dealt with it at some point in their lives. From leaving a bread bag open to forgetting a bag of apples in the fruit drawer; it has a tendency to pop up whenever things get forgotten in the dark.
But is darkness and moisture all there is to what makes mold grow? Not quite! Mold is a remarkably complex organism that requires extremely specific conditions to spread. There’s a reason, after all, that your shower has mildew problems and your neighbor’s remains sparkling. Moreover, what exactly is mold? It’s certainly not a plant or an animal, and its lack of discernible features aside from its color makes it difficult to classify—and difficult to get rid of.
If you’re musing about mold or are frustrated because you can’t get rid of it, never fear. CCS Cleaning and Restoration, your Faribault mold remediation experts, will answer all your questions below.
What is Mold? A Brief Biology Lesson
To understand the best approach to ridding a house of mold, it’s first necessary to understand a little bit about it.
Mold, scientifically speaking, is a fungus—yes, like toadstools or mushrooms you put on your pasta. It is different from plants in that it doesn’t photosynthesize, meaning, it does not get its energy from the sun. Rather, all molds like all fungi are decomposers, which means they feed off of and break down organic matter. Organic matter in this case can mean anything from paper to wood to your food.
While mold might be a nuisance to us, it plays a crucial role in the natural ecosystem, as it breaks down old leaves and animal carcasses and returns nutrients to the soil for trees and grass to reuse.
How Does Mold Grow in the Home?
Mold, whether in the natural world or in our homes, requires three things to grow:
● Moisture. Mold grows well in humid environments where there’s a lot of moisture in the air. Like all living things on this planet, all fungi need water to survive. And yes, mold is considered a living thing.
● Darkness. While this isn’t a requirement for many molds (hence why fruit will get moldy if you so much as leave it on the counter), sunlight can evaporate the water that mold needs to grow—hence why you often find mold in dark places.
● Heat. It doesn’t need to be excessive; many mold species grow very well at room temperature. However, freezing temperatures are not hospitable to many species, hence why you don’t often find mold growing in a well-kept refrigerator.
Unfortunately, as necessary as it is, certain strains of mold can cause disease due to the large amount of spores they secrete into the air. Prolonged exposure to airborne mold spores has been associated with:
● Throat irritation
● Development of asthma
● Coughing and wheezing
● Serious lung infections in the susceptible
● Autoimmune disorders in the susceptible
How Do You Go About Mold Removal?
Due to all the health risks associated with mold, homes and businesses must take action immediately to rid their buildings of it. However, this is easier said than done. As mold is not a plant, your run-of-the-mill herbicide or cleaning product won’t work. Moreover, good housekeeping isn’t always the antidote; sometimes it makes matters worse. One study, for example, found that vacuuming led to a 17-fold increase of mold spores in the air.
That’s why you should always contact a professional like CCS cleaning and restoration for mold testing and the removal of mold and mildew. Our mold removal process is thorough as can be:
● We wipe all mold from visible surfaces. Using commercial products, we will investigate every nook and cranny of your home, scrubbing away all traces of mildew and drastically decreasing the likelihood it will grow again.
● We’ll check your pipes for moisture. Any tiny bit of mold left behind means a possibility it will return to infest your home. Not only will we check over your pipes, we’ll scrub them down, too.
● We will remove and dispose of any and all mold-ridden materials. If, say, a patch of carpet is too mold-ridden to save, we’ll rip it out and dispose of it. How’s that for great service?
For Safe and Efficient Mold Remediation, Call CCS Cleaning and Restoration Today
We’ve been in the business for nearly fifty years; we’ve seen it all when it comes to mold. To get your home or business back to looking its best, give us a call today at 507-334-1774.