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3 Fast Facts About Mold

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in a residential home.

After flooding affects your Englewood, CO commercial property, you may be facing issues such as standing water, soaked office equipment and stained walls and ceilings. While these may be troubling, the development of black mold after flood waters recede can be even more serious. Although it is wise to leave its cleanup to a qualified flood and mold removal and restoration company, knowing a few basic facts about mold may help you fight it more effectively after a flood.

1. Flooding Creates Ideal Conditions for Mold Growth

After a flooding event, water vapor in the air raises humidity levels in affected areas, which can encourage the rapid growth of mold. Flooded rooms that are both warm and humid can be especially vulnerable, as fungi tends to thrive in these conditions. If you discover a moisture problem in any rooms after flooding, you may want to ask your flood technicians to check for mold.

2. There Are Different Species of Fungi

You may encounter different kinds of mold after a flood, and knowing how to identify them to your flood techs may help expedite the mold cleanup process. Dark green mold is most often found on wet carpeting or fabric. Penicillium mold is usually light green or white and might be found on wet ceilings and walls. Stachbotrys, or black mold, is one of the most common types of fungi that might appear after a flood and is typically dark and slimy. While it is helpful to know what type of mold you are dealing with, its cleanup is best left to professionals.

3. Mold Creates an Odor

You may be able to identify mold by its odor. Even if fungi are not visible, when it spreads within interior walls or under cabinets, it releases a substance called mycotoxin. This chemical releases an unpleasant, dirty smell that may help you identify its presence.

Flooding in your Englewood, CO can cause the rapid growth of black mold and other fungi. Knowing what causes them to spread and how to identify mold may help you to act quickly in seeking professional mitigation and restoration. Visit http://www.SERVPROenglewoodeastlittleton.com for more information on mold. 

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