Mold and water go hand-in-hand. In fact, mold will not grow where there is no moisture, so solving a water problem should always be preliminary to solving a mold issue. If you have a leak in your home or business, the chances are that this will lead to mold growth again and again until the water issue is solved, even if the leak is very small.
THE MOLD-WATER RELATIONSHIP
Mold reproduces by way of tiny spores that float freely through the air. It is impossible to remove all mold spores from the air in your home or business. Even very fine particulate filters on your air exchangers cannot remove all mold spores that come in from outside. Therefore, preventing mold is a matter of preventing moisture.
Mold needs moisture to grow. Mold spores light on a moist surface and instantly begin to grow and reproduce. If you do not take care of the moisture, mold will continue to grow on these surfaces no matter how many times it is cleaned up. Therefore, addressing the moisture issue must come before the mold problem is resolved.
HOW DOES MOISTURE ENTER MY PROPERTY?
Flooding is the most common cause of excessive moisture in floors, walls, carpets and furniture, but it is not the only way that mold can gain a foothold. Sometimes a very tiny leak in a pipe can drip water continuously on a surface and lead to mold growth. The drip or leak may be small enough that you do not notice a change in your water pressure or a spot in your home where water seems to be collecting, but that does not mean that it is not there.
In some cases, a small drip or leak becomes very noticeable over time. You may see spots or stains on wallboard or ceilings that lead you to the source of the problem. It is likely that by the time you notice staining, mold has already set in.
HOW DO YOU TREAT MOLD PROBLEMS?
Treating mold problems is a very specialized skill that must be adapted to the situation. The professionals at J&M Keystone in San Diego create solutions based on your individual needs. We use the latest technology to assess the mold problem and pinpoint where it is located so that we can treat it effectively, even in hidden areas of your home or business.
Call J&M Keystone today for more information.
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