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Understand how Mold works and help prevent it in your Wappingers home

11/9/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold spores growing on the interior white walls of a home Controlling moisture and preventing water damage is the first step to keep mold out of your home.

The truth is that mold exists everywhere in nature. There is no way around it and not all forms are harmful or able to thrive. Mold needs moisture and a temperature above 32 degrees to live and thrive, as well as an organic food source to help it along (think wood, cardboard and soap). Mold spores can be found in almost any climate, in any home and often you’ll smell it before you can pinpoint its source.

Mold, or microbial growth stemming from water damage, is thought to be the #1 indoor air quality problem in U.S. housing. Not only does water lead to mold growth, but that itself can cause health issues and can lead to cosmetic problems in the home and structural rot if not repaired.

Controlling moisture in wood-based products like framing lumber and sheathing (typically used when building a home) by water management principles used by builders, helps deter mold growth by driving water away from the home or sloped away from the structure.

On the interior, make sure to check for leaks periodically in places like the bathroom, under sinks, the basement and attic spaces. If you’ve noticed a leak, can see mold growth or started to smell that famous smell, get it repaired as soon as possible and then call in the experts to get rid of any mold that might have developed.

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County offers FREE estimates on mold damage and is experienced and certified in mold remediation.  Trust your home to the local experts, in business since 1992. Call us today to schedule your free mold estimate, 845-831-3600.

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