Understanding Mold Damage in Bloomingdale
SERVPR0 Inspects, Assesses, and Remediates Mold Growth in Homes
Mold is a normal part of the air and on surfaces in virtually every home in Bloomingdale. It is not a result of poor housekeeping, kids tracking mud into the kitchen or failing to change the air filter every month. Also, spores which grow into the mold are completely harmless unless the right factors are in place.
SERVPRO has restored area homes to their pre-mold condition for many years and understood the importance of these factors. Stopping and removing mold damage from Bloomingdale homes requires knowing how and where the mold first started. That is why we examine every home with mold or even just a suspicion of a mold for a source of moisture and where potential food sources show signs of an infestation.
Each spore is microscopic in size. A mass contained hundreds of them is still smaller than the head of a pin. Spores are completely inert and present no threat until a big enough source of moisture causes the first one to expand, become active and start to seek out more moisture. Our technicians often find this source to be something minor like a leaky faucet that runs behind a bathroom sink, a damp basement, or a small amount of rain run-off which finds its way into the home.
Now active, the spores extend hyphae. These extensions resemble roots and are what looks for water and food. When these hyphae find a suitable food, the burrow down just like roots. Since mold can feed on almost any type of building material, it does not take long to dig in. Once this happens, it is much cheaper to remove and replace infested material than for our SERVPRO technicians to attempt to clean and restore it.
There is a third factor, temperature. Most molds grow in a range of 68 to 86 degrees. Since this is the normal inside temperature range for nearly every home in Illinois, we have found it more productive to eliminate the source of water to return the spores to an inert state or remove every item of infested building material to halt further growth.
Stopping and removing mold is not an easy process. It takes a professional company to ensure that most active spores are rendered inert. If you suspect there is mold in your home, contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 today.
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