If your basement walls are beginning to look like last month’s carry out you accidentally left in the refrigerator, you may have a mold problem. High humidity and moisture can enable mold growth inside your home or business creating mold damage. Mold is present everywhere in the environment – including outdoors and indoors. Mold has three basic needs that must be satisfied for active growth to occur:
- Food – Mold can grow on many organic substrates including wood, paper, dust, and other items present in your home or business.
- Proper temperatures – Mold grows in a wide range of temperatures. The temperatures in our region support mold growth during most of the year.
- Water – Mold needs a source of moisture to grow.
Our indoor environments will always contain items which mold can feed on as well as favorable temperatures for mold growth. Water is the only basic need of mold that we can control in our environment.
Problems arise when moisture levels rise as a result of water leaks; moisture intrusion through the building roof, walls, or foundation; malfunction or failure of an HVAC system or other sources of water. Visible mold growth can occur on walls, floors, and ceilings. Often, visible mold growth on the surface can be an indication that mold growth may be occurring on the opposite side of the surface as well resulting is sever mold damage. For example, mold growth observed on the painted surface of a wall may indicate and even greater amount of mold growth in the wall cavity.
Contact us if you observe mold damage in your home or business. Disaster Team professionals will inspect your property, identify the moisture sources, evaluate the mold growth, contain the smallest area possible, remove any contaminated materials that cannot be cleaned, dry and clean the remaining building materials, and replace all items removed during the mold remediation. Since mold spores are not visible to the naked eye, Disaster Team recommends independent third-party mold sampling and testing before remediation to develop the appropriate remediation protocol and after remediation to ensure all areas are addressed and mold has been reduced to acceptable levels. Testing provides documentation that the affected areas were properly cleaned.
Call us today for mold removal services in Western Kentucky and Southern Indiana.