When it comes to mold and mold removal, homeowners know the most important things are that mold is bad, and it should be taken care of by a professional mold remediation service as soon as possible! Mold threatens our health and home, and that alone should be enough reason to get aggressive if you identify water damage and mold growth in your home. Still, knowing more about mold and fungi can keep you better informed on how to prevent its growth and harmful effects. Check out some of these lesser-known facts regarding mold and mold removal!
There are over 10,000 species of mold
Some sources even say there are over 100,000 species of mold. Regardless, most of these species exist outside our homes, but can occasionally get tracked inside. Common types of mold that are found in buildings and homes include Alternaria, Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Stachybotrys chartarum.
Mold is everywhere
Mold is everywhere outside, as it is a vital component of our ecosystem to decompose organic matter. However, mold spores are just about everywhere, on every surface, in our homes. Don’t panic! Many molds and mold spores are harmless to humans (we even use molds for useful things like making cheese or medicine). Mold really only becomes a problem when there are moist, dark areas in your home that are perfect conditions for growing mold.
Mold starts growing sooner than you think
Even when we can’t see anything with our naked-eye, mold can grow rapidly on porous, moisture-prone areas. In the event of water damage, as well as other ideal food and climate conditions, mold can start growing in as little as 24 to 48 hours. Catching the signs of water damage is vital to calling for mold removal and remediation services quickly to reduce the likelihood of more considerable damage.
Homeowners insurance often does not cover mold damage
As dangerous of a problem mold damage can be and the financial burden unexpected restoration and renovation measures can create, many homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover mold damage. In some cases, water and plumbing-related losses can cover for mold remediation services if not otherwise excluded in those specific policies.
Bleach does not kill mold
We often regard bleach as a strong, if not one of the strongest, household cleaning agents. It can come as quite a shock to know even bleach won’t completely rid their home of mold. Sometimes, in certain conditions, bleach can accelerate mold regrowth. Bleach kills live mold but does little to mold spores. Mold is notoriously hard to clean thoroughly and get rid of, which is why professional mold removal services are necessary. Afterward, you can remodel your home into its pre-mold glory.
Mold Removal & Remediation Service from Smith & Son’s
If you are ready for skilled and quick mold removal and remediation services at any time of day, Smith & Son’s Contracting has the expertise, quality, and experience in the restoration and insurance industries you need. We don’t settle for less, and you shouldn’t either. For an exceptional job at an honest price throughout the state of Maryland and Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County, give us a call today at (410) 360-5252 or 1-410-245-5954 for 24/7 insurance home emergency service. You can also keep up with us on Facebook, and check out our blog!