The top 5 indoor environmental conditions
Absolutely necessary for mold to grow & flourish
And what you can do about them…
With these easy remedies…
You can waterproof your home or building,
And leave the mold outdoors…
Where it belongs…
If you live in South Jersey, mold, treating mold,
and all the health issues associated with it, should be front-of-mind for you…
The thing is – mold is just about everywhere.
It’s all over your clothes, in and on your car, mold is on virtually everything at work and at home… and it’s mostly outdoors.
Mold plays an important role in nature ‒ and that’s to break down dead organic material, helping it decay – much the same role South Jersey Termites play.
When we keep mold outdoors, it’s relatively harmless. But, when mold grows or colonizes in a confined space ‒ like your home or building, to the point you can see and/or smell it – well, then it’s not so benign and harmless. Indoors, mold can cause allergic reactions, cold and flu-like symptoms, and it can lead to asthma, causing asthmatic attacks and other respiratory distress issues.
So how do we keep mold outdoors, and keep it from growing in our homes, our buildings or our workplaces?
If your answer for taming indoor mold involves controlling water…
You’re on the right track right!
Wherever you find ‘South Jersey mold’, there’s sure to be some kind of waterproofing issue that needs attention in your home or building. There’s more to controlling mold than just worrying about whether you might need a perimeter drain or a sump pump. In addition to sumps and drains, you might want to consider the challenges of controlling water or upgrading the waterproofing in your home or building from a few different perspectives.
Perspectives like ‒ dehumidification (a mechanical ventilation system to extract water vapor from the air and building materials, exhausting it from your home/building), or a vapor barrier (the plastic liner installed on the floors and walls in basements and crawl spaces to stop moisture being sucked from the earth, creating high-humidity conditions).
Just as water can cause serious damage to the foundation and footings of your home or buildings, the water vapor that comes from that water is detrimental to your indoor air quality and the structural building materials that make up your home or buildings.
So, just what are the Top 5 indoor environmental conditions
absolutely necessary for mold to grow and flourish?
1 – Water – While it’s good for your body, water is awful for your home or building…
Every mold study identifies water (or moisture) as the prime requirement and causative agent for mold growth. Indeed, water is like a disease to any indoor environment.
Important fact – no water, no mold! So, if you suspect you have a mold infestation, with absolute certainty, there’s a source of water ‘feeding’ it.
2 – Temperature – when it’s warm enough, mold will grow…
The magic temperature required for mold to grow is 50° Fahrenheit.
At 50° and up, mold spores can begin to grow and multiply on damp surfaces.
Admittedly, controlling the temperature isn’t the best way to prevent mold growth, but, if you suspect you have mold… it’s clear you’re providing the right temperature for it to grow, right now… or it’s occurred, along with water, along with the other three necessary conditions, of course.
3 – Moving Air – Since mold is a living, breathing organism, it needs air to survive and grow…
Much like our own bodies, mold needs air to live and grow. And moving, circulating air is almost everywhere. So, if you have mold, or suspect you do, remember to look for the source of moving air.
4 – Carbohydrates – Organic food is ‘gold’ for mold to grow…
Hopefully you’ve accepted that mold is a living, breathing organism, and that it has to have a source of water, the right temperature, and moving air to grow. But as a living organism, it also needs a source of food.
So if you think you may have mold… check to see if it’s growing on an some kind of organic surface (wood, cloth, paper, gypsum, glues, some silicones, etc.
5 – Seeing it and/or smelling it – the best detection tools – your eyes & nose…
This is perhaps the most obvious indicator, but it’s the one most people tend to forget or overlook. If you see anything that concerns you – or if you smell a musty, ‘mildewy’ odor – it’s a good sign you may have a mold issue…
For a more in depth look at these conditions and to learn more about mold, visit our TermiGuard Mold Services website, dedicated to helping you eliminate your mold problems… once and for all.
Or, we invite you to read the complete, FREE Report
As always ‒ Dedicated to providing you healthier living,
Jim and Mike Allen, Owners