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Mold 101

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Mold 101 in Greater Birmingham, Alabama

While mold thrives on moisture, it can be prevented if you choose the right treatment for your home. When you find traces of mold, it is important to eliminate it at the source rather than merely clean it. This will prevent it from coming back and prevention is the key to a healthy home.

How Does Mold Grow?

Mold on Ceiling

Mold grows because it is a part of the natural environment. Molds feed by breaking down dead organic matter such as leaves, trees, grass clippings, or construction materials that contain organic matter. Indoor mold reproduces and migrates throughout your home or office building via tiny spores that float through the air. Spores that land on organic building materials such as wood, straw, bamboo, cellulose insulation, clay, natural paints, drywall, and sheetrock. Once on the organic material, the mold will feed and grow until it is removed by a professional cleaning. Mold growth must be prevented so that it does not affect your home or your health. 

How Do I Stop Mold Growth?

Mold requires darkness, moisture, and warmth to grow. Eliminating any or all of these will end the growth of mold. In dark and damp places, however, the challenge of stopping mold growth is greater. For example: in completed basements, areas behind the drywall are left in the dark and any mold that is present there can go undetected until it does major damage.

What you should really watch out for, and what you can control, is the level of moisture in your home. Moisture in the form of humidity or a water leak can find its way into your crawl space and basement. Whether mold surfaces because of a leaky pipe, faulty water heater or high humidity, take care of the issue immediately before it spreads. There are various waterproofing solutions available that can help you, from waterproofing sealants to buying a sump pump.

How Can I Get Rid of Mold from My Home or Office?

Alas, it is impossible to eliminate all because spores are constantly floating in the air. What's important is to control the level of moisture in and around your home or office. Without moisture, mold cannot grow. As long as you keep your home as dry as possible and seal or waterproof any air leaks, you can be sure that your home will be safe, clean, and dry. The same concept applies to office buildings.

When you find yourself in need of products that promote moisture control, or you need waterproofing in your basementcrawl space or foundation, you can be sure that our products will help you. We employ highly-trained professionals who do high-quality work. We have a professional and friendly staff who will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about your situation.

For more information about our services, visit our contact page online or give us a call at (205) 839-7950 so we can get started with a free estimate.