If your home has suffered severe water damage as a result of a flood, plumbing accident, or even roof failure, you’ve got a lot to worry about. However, within a couple of days yet another problem will show up: mold.
Mold can take root anywhere it has a carbon-based food source, a constant source of moisture, and protection from harmful radiation like sunlight. Once it takes root, it quickly multiplies and spreads, creating an extremely difficult problem to get rid of. To make matters worse, mold causes distinct and pungent odors, reduced air quality, and could even be toxic to humans if certain strains are involved. However, mold can also hide in places you don’t pay attention to or even where it could be invisible to the eye.
At Element Restoration, we know the key to taking action is to know what you’re dealing with, and we understand how serious a mold infestation can be. We hold ourselves to high standards when it comes to our mold testing services because we know you depend on an accurate and fast answer in order to start tackling your problem head-on.
Whether it’s airborne mold, hidden mold, or any other source, our testing can find it and tell you exactly what types of mold you’re facing so you can take proper action. Our mission is to make sure your home remains clean, clear, and mold-free, and we go to great lengths to ensure that our services help you accomplish this goal.
Mold is particularly tricky to deal with because spores are so small that they are invisible to the human eye. However, finely-tuned machinery and computer instruments can detect mold spores from swabs or air samples. These machines can identify the presence of mold spores, what type of mold spores, and even tell you if their concentration in the sample is higher than expected.
While mold spores can be found in virtually any air anywhere, a particularly high concentration of spores is a major indication of a serious mold issue that needs to be addressed.
We can help you find mold almost anywhere in your home, including:
Mold is most likely to grow whenever there is a sustainable source of moisture and a carbon-based food source it can utilize to grow and multiply. Carbon-based food sources can be many things—wood, cotton, other fabrics, drywall, and even food can all serve as a source that mold can use to grow and expand. It takes very little to satisfy this requirement.
The other major requirement is moisture. Mold generally will not grow in places that regularly dry up completely because mold can’t sustain itself long enough to grow and spread. As a general rule of thumb, if an area won’t stay damp for more than 48 hours, mold won’t have time to grow.
However, Florida is a particularly mold-prone area due to generally high levels of humidity. Humidity makes drying and evaporation particularly difficult, and everything from small drips and plumbing leaks to floods and other water damage can all turn into mold pretty easily thanks to these moisture sources taking considerably extra time to dry.
This is why it’s imperative to begin remediation as soon as you suffer water damage—not only will your home go back to normal as soon as possible, but you’ll also prevent mold from spreading and making the restoration process even longer.