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Do You Have Mold?

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If you live in Central Florida, the answer is yes. The ambient humidity alone creates a substantial amount of mold spores throughout our environment. We track it in on our shoes, our pets bring it in, and even the wind can push it into our homes and businesses. The real question is: Do I have a mold problem?

If you live in Central Florida, the answer is yes. The ambient humidity alone creates a substantial amount of mold spores throughout our environment. We track it in on our shoes, our pets bring it in, and even the wind can push it into our homes and businesses. The real question is: Do I have a mold problem?

More than likely, no. A mold problem would mean that mold and/or mold spores, equal to or above the levels that exist outside, are present in your home or business. Unless you’ve had some sort of leak or water damage, you don’t regulate the temperature in your home properly, or you’ve been gone for a significant amount of time with the air conditioning unit turned off, the odds of an existing mold issue are low. However, if you’ve had any of those circumstances and you suspect you have a problem because you visibly see mold, smell a moldy or musty odor, or you experience abnormal allergy issues, it’s worth having a licensed mold remediation company assess things. 

It’s very important that you don’t treat a mold problem yourself. Some people will try to clean it with bleach. First, bleach or chlorine can be harmful if not handled properly. Second, bleach is 60 to 75 percent water. So while it cleans the surface, it actually increases the main component for mold growth (moisture) – the equivalent of putting a Band-Aid on a broken leg. 
Mold needs several things to grow: 

• A food source (wood, drywall, cotton, porous material)
• Moisture (water leaks, humidity)
• Warmth (mold can’t grow in freezing temperatures)

If conditions are right, mold can begin to grow within 48 hours. Mold can also appear in a variety of colors, shapes, and forms. Some can be white and look like small threads. Other mold can be black, gray/brown, gray/green, etc. If mold is present behind wallpaper or under vinyl flooring, it can even appear orange, pink, or purple. 

If you have an indication of water damage - excessive moisture (water stains, discoloration, peeling, bubbling, cracking of paint or wallpaper – have a licensed mold remediation company perform a water damage/moisture check.   

JOE DALTON is the general manager of Servpro of North Seminole County and Servpro of West Volusia County.

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