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How Does Mold Grow?

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Does Mold Grow? Mold reproduces by spores. When it’s disturbed, the mold spores fly into the air.

How Does Mold Grow?

What is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that occurs naturally in the environment.  We find mold outdoors, indoors -- pretty much everywhere.

Mold becomes a problem when its levels get too high.  Some sensitive individuals may react to mold more readily than others, but 100% mold removal is impossible.  The goal is a professional mold remediation company is to remove as much mold as possible from a home or business so that its levels are safe and healthy.

In What Conditions Does Mold Grow?

Mold loves to grow in warm, dark, and moist environments.  People living in warmer climates tend to have more mold growth problems than those living in colder temperatures, but mold growth is still possible everywhere.  We’ve even seen mold grow in a freezer!

How Does Mold Grow?

Mold reproduces by spores.  When it’s disturbed, the mold spores fly into the air.  If the mold spore lands on another service that it can live off of, it will.  Mold needs moisture to survive, so the likely spot where you will see mold growth is in a place that is humid.

How Does Mold Spread?

We typically find mold right at the source of water that it's feeding on.  For example, we often find mold under sinks, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Typically, there is a small water pipe leak that hasn’t been detected.

Sometimes, we also see mold growing in a spot away from the original leak.  This is because the mold was disturbed at some point and cased its spores to fly into the air.  

There doesn’t have to be a leak near the mold growth for it to grow.  Mold can come into your home or business from outdoors through doorways, windows, the HVAC system, and even on your clothing or pet’s fur.  

How Long Does it Take for Mold to Grow?

With a constant source of food, mold can begin growing in as little as 48 hours.  Food for mold are materials like wood, drywall, and cotton. Add some moisture to that, and your mold will be actively reproducing.  

Mold growth is quick.  This is why our company wastes no time when our customers have a water damage.  We have a 24 hour emergency line, and we are available every day of the year. No matter the time of day, we will respond to any water damage emergency in an effort to avoid secondary damage to your home, such as mold growth.

Other Mold FAQ

When a homeowner or commercial property manager finds mold, they often have a lot of questions.  When our mold specialists arrive to inspect the property, we’re often asked:

  • Is mold dangerous?
  • How fast is mold remediation?

Is Mold Dangerous?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mold may cause a variety of health effects in some individuals and none in others.  

Our mold remediation specialists treat all mold in the same way.  Safety is always our top priority, which is why we take every precaution when performing mold cleanup.

How Quickly Can You Get Rid of Mold?

Mold is a natural part of our environment and cannot be completely removed.  Mold remediation companies who make the claim to be able to fully remove your environment of mold simply can’t.  Instead, we can remediate mold growth to help the levels of mold in your property be safe for its inhabitants.  

How quickly we can remediate your mold depends on its size.  We’ll have a better idea of the length of your mold remediation project once we have completed a mold inspection.

Texas Mold Law

Texas requires a licensed mold contractor to remediate your mold, which SERVPRO of North Irving is.  Texas Mold Law states that:

If your mold is under than 25 contiguous square feet, the mold does not need to be reported to Texas and we can begin remediation immediately.  

If your mold is over 25 contiguous feet, then it mold falls under Texas Mold Assessment And Remediation Rules (TMARR), which requires:

  • A Texas Licensed Mold Assessor to write a Mold Protocol.  We cannot legally choose an assessor for you. Instead, we can give you a list of assessors for you to choose from.
  • A Texas Licensed Mold Contractor (us) will file a Work Plan and schedule the job with the State of Texas.  Once the Work Plan is filed, we must legally wait at least five (5) business days before starting the job.
  • When we finish the mold remediation, the Mold Assessor has to check the cleaning to make sure it’s successful.  If it is, they will issue a Clearance Document.
  • The Texas Licensed Mold contractor (us) can then issue a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation to you which documents the success of the mold cleanup.  Keep this document and give a copy to your insurance provider. You’ll also want to hold on to it for any future home buyer to prove you’ve taken care of your mold problem correctly.

Our mold specialists will walk you through the mold remediation process regardless if its documented with the state of Texas or not.  We’ll make sure you and your property are taken care of.

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SERVPRO of North Irving is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company in Dallas Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, McKinney, Grapevine, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Ennis, and other North Texas communities for over 30 years.  We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.

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