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What are molds and where do they grow?

Molds are fungi and like most fungi, break down plant and animal matter and redeposit it back with mother nature. If we didn’t have mold, plants and animals would never decompose back into the earth. Molds can grow almost anywhere there is moisture and organic material like soil, they thrive on foods and plans as well as in our homes! To reproduce, molds release spores which can spread through the air, through water or even upon animals. 

What should I do to prevent mold growth within my home?

The key to preventing mold growth is to ID and control moisture and water leakage / problems. Mold spores are everywhere, including within our homes, and they can grow on any surface which has a food source (dust / dirt /paper etc) and can grow on any surface which has sufficient moisture to support mold growth.

Common Sources of moisture are:

  • Plumbing leaks (heating, water supply or drains)
  • Roof leaks
  • Outdoor drainage issues
  • Poor waterproofing
  • Poor land grade
  • Steam from bathrooms which are poorly ventilated
  • Condensation on cool surfaces
  • Clothes dryer with holes in vent line or venting within the dwelling
  • Wet clothes drying inside the home
  • Improper ventilation (or lack of) for cooking and heating appliances

How do I know if I have a potential mold problem?

Typically, mold and mildew have a tell-tale odor, but sometimes they do not. Visually, mold can appear as a slightly fuzzy, discolored or slimy patch which can increase in size. But not always. Look for water staining, warping or musty odors to the source of the odor. Mold will grow out in the open as well as hard to reach areas like underneath carpeting, behind wall moldings, behind wallpaper, inside of cabinets, behind cabinets, and even behind the walls themselves.

Typical rooms which are impacted by mold growth (but not limited to these)

  • Bathrooms; especially shower stalls, bathroom tiles and shower curtains.
  • The seal of your refrigerator door
  • Along window moldings
  • Surfaces around air conditioners and air conditioner ducts and supplies.

What should I do if I suspect mold growth?

Call Royal Air Pros for a licensed mold assessment test. 516-986-8368

Examples of different types of mold

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