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What To Know About Mold and How To Prevent its Growth

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Severe mold growth. Mold is a fungus that grows best in dark and damp places.

Performing a carpet cleaning at your Doylestown, PA, business is one way to help prevent mold problems. However, if removing mold is the aim behind the cleaning there are a few things you may want to understand about mold first.

1. What Mold Is
It’s important to note that mold is a fungus. This means that it grows by feeding off organic materials and water, in areas of dim or no light. Mold spores spread into colonies which can then take on a fuzzy or slimy appearance in a range of colors.

2. Where It Grows
Mold is commonly found in areas around easy access to water or water damage. This can include around plumbing, under the roof, basement areas, or spaces where water can be tracked in. Businesses with carpeting in their lobby may choose to have carpet cleaning done regularly as a preventative measure. Alternatively, the use of welcome mates can be used to keep water from being tracked through the company during wet seasons.

3. How To Remove It
If you think you may have mold at your place of business it’s highly recommended to contact a local remediation service. These professionals will have the tools and knowledge needed to contain the mold to prevent spreading, as well as the ability to remove any spores and make repairs. They can also help recommend mitigation measures such as cleaning regularly, repairing damage, and keeping water from collecting in places without appropriate drainage. Keeping gutters and drainage systems clear of debris can also help prevent water backup which has the potential to also lead to mold damage.

Carpet cleaning is one way to help prevent mold as the cleaners used may be able to deter growth. However, if you believe you have a mold problem at your place of business it’s best to contact a professional. Mold is a fungus that grows best in dark and damp places, and a remediation service will be best equipped to contain and remedy the problem before it spreads further.

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