It’s a crazy, mind-bending, and unwelcome thought, but it is fact – mold is everywhere. Mold is a natural part of our world and can be found everywhere, indoors and outdoors, including Maize, Kansas. Another truth is that mold is not usually a problem until it starts to grow indoors. You might ask yourself, is mold really everywhere? And how does one keep it from becoming a problem?
WHEN WE SAY EVERYWHERE, WE MEAN EVERYWHERE
That fact can lead to some interesting facts about mold even if it is disturbing to think that mold is everywhere even Maize, Kansas.
- The rainbow it’s not – but mold is colorful.
- Mold likes to eat – mold will essentially eat anything that it begins to grow on, including paper, cardboard, building materials, and even wall paint.
- There are at least 100,000 types of mold, while some scientists hypothesize that there are over 300,000 types of mold that exist.
- Mold destroys more wood than fires, floods, and termites combined.
- Mold is one of the only organisms that doesn’t need light to grow, meaning it thrives in dark, wet areas.
None of these facts are meant to make you feel worse, though. Consider that there are two things needed for mold to grow:
- Excess moisture, whether it be water, flooding, or humidity
- Nutrients to grow, which can include paper, cloth, wood, and more.
Most molds will not be able to grow without moisture of some sort. So when thinking about preventing mold from being a problem in the home in Maize, Kansas, even though as mentioned, mold is everywhere – moisture control becomes key in preventing mold growth.
THE KEY TO MOISTURE CONTROL
That key to keeping moisture under control is going to be different in different scenarios, but a rule of thumb with mold, because it is everywhere, is that it only takes 24-48 hours to begin growing when those two factors mentioned above are met. So for example, if water floods in the basement of your home in Maize, Kansas, it is best to have it dried completely within that 24-48 hour timeframe to prevent mold growth and contamination. There are times when there is serious flooding and it is not possible to do anything within that 24-48 hour timeframe, but acting as soon as possible when you do gain access to the home is far better than waiting. A professional restoration company will be able to help with both drying out and checking for mold to see if any mold remediation is necessary in any of these scenarios.
Humidity, especially in areas with high dampness, can be another source of moisture that can give mold a place to grow. So it becomes necessary to keep humidity levels controlled in homes in Maize, Kansas. Unfortunately there are places in a home, like the crawl space, that can be difficult to control and monitor. With the help of a professional restoration company, they can help find any current issues and again provide solutions that will keep the humidity issue under control and prevent mold from gaining a foothold.
If you are concerned or suspect that mold may be becoming an issue in your home in Maize, Kansas, please give FreshCo Cleaning and Restoration a call. We perform a number of services that are both preventative and restorative, such as mold inspection, indoor air quality tests, mold remediation, and crawl space encapsulation. We can help when the ever-present mold around us begins to cause trouble for you.
“Very professional and did a wonderful job identifying the issue I had.”
— Wesley M. in Wichita, Kansas