What Factors Lead Up to Mold Damage?
Understanding Mold Issues in Your Home or Business
Mold damage, unlike fire, flood, and water damage, is often (but not always) easily preventable. Regular maintenance and quality upkeep services such as those provided by SERVPRO can often prevent most or all mold damage in a home from occurring. However, to truly be prepared and know what treatments are necessary, you should probably first understand what factors can lead up to mold growth in your home.
Perhaps the most common event that can lead up to mold damage in Knoxville homes is water damage. It matters not what type of water damage or how intense the damages are, all water damage carries a significant risk of developing mold. Whenever we deal with either a water or mold damage case, we go through a thorough drying process to ensure that all moisture in the area is whisked away in order to prevent further or future mold growth.
The worst type of water damage, and the least preventable, is flood damage, and this can cause large-scale mold damage and prove difficult to dry in time to prevent all mold growth. When flood damage happens, we can usually expect some form of mold remediation to accompany restoration efforts.
Clogged or Busted HVAC Systems
HVAC systems can often develop mold growth, if they've not been cleaned in a long time and developed stoppages or are in need of repairs. Mold damage in HVAC systems may also be an indicator of secondary or perhaps even larger mold colonies elsewhere in the home, as spores can easily be spread across the home through these systems and may be concentrated somewhere in the home.
Although HVAC systems may spread existing mold colonies, it is important to have suitable ventilation and airflow across your home. Mold grows faster in stagnant and stuffy air, and simply having air currents across your home can help to slow or discourage growth. Of course, if you have discovered a mold colony already, you should turn off your HVAC system as soon as possible.
SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville is a local authority on all things mold and can help with mold damage disasters of all shapes and sizes in the local community. Call us at (865) 862-8907.