At Armstrong’s we get a lot of questions regarding mold and mold growth. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions along with their answers.
1. Q: Where does mold come from?
A: Mold spores are everywhere! They are a natural presence in the air, and are found in higher concentrations around anything dead (ie. leaves, or compost). They enter buildings attached to anything that comes through the doors, even ourselves and our pets.
2. Q: How does mold grow?
A: There are a few conditions required for mold spores to grow. They are: Moisture, Temperature, Nutrients and Oxygen. Combine these components over a short amount of time (sometimes under 24 hours!) and mold will grow. Mold can dervie nutrients from anything dead and organic. Most commonly this would occur on wood, drywall or fabric. However, nutrients can also be derived from some synthetic materials including certian adhesives and paints. The temperature range for mold is most ‘comfortable’ indoor temperatures, with optimal temps being between 68F-86F. There are very few (if any) strains of mold that will grow in conditions where the temperature is under 40F or over 100F. In these conditions the spores will remain dormant until the temperature becomes more suitable for growth. The moisture factor can be filled by simple relative humidity. If the relative humidity inside is over 60%, the conditions are suitable for mold germination.
3. Q: How can we tell if we have mold in our home?
A: There are a few obvious signs that there is mold growing within your home: surface discoloration, odor or visible growth. The only way to determine beyond a doubt is to obtain an air sample and have it lab tested. Doing so will not only allow you to be certian of the presence of growth, but also allow you to determine the type of mold that is growing.
4. Q: How do we rid our home of mold growth?
A: Microbial growth should always be handled by a liscenced mold remediator, such as Armstrong’s. There are several methods that can be used, depending upon the severity of the growth. From usage of indusrty regulated equipment and the building of containments to prevent further contamination, to the removal of affected materials in accoradnce with the Clean Trust standards, these methods should be preformed by certified liscenced mold remediators only. This is because of the risk of harmful side effects that can be caused by the improper handling of affected materials or inhalation of mold and mold spores. If you think that your home or business may be affacted do not hesitate to call Armstrong’s. We provide FREE mold evaluations and are happy to serve Brevard, Flaglar, Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie and Volusia counties.