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Which Surfaces Support Mold Growth?

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

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What Kind Of Surfaces Encourage Mold Growth?

Mold requires two things in order to thrive: moisture and organic materials. If both of these elements are present, you run the risk of mold growth or mildew growth. Take a moment to consider which materials and items are most likely to develop mold damage in each part of your home if exposed to excessive moisture or humidity.

Building Materials:

  • Mold can develop on walls and may be cleaned from non-porous surfaces. Porous surfaces with mold, such as drywall, must be removed and replaced.
  • Mold may grow behind walls or wallpaper.
  • Insulation exposed to water during a leak can be an ideal environment for mold and should be removed and replaced.
  • A moldy ceiling indicates either a condensation or humidity problem or a leaky roof.
  • Moldy floors may result from a combination of dirt and moisture.

Furniture:

  • Any furniture made out of organic materials, such as wood, is prone to develop mold if exposed to moisture and warm temperatures.
  • Upholstered furniture can absorb moisture between the layers, causing mold to grow.
  • Placing furniture against walls may cause condensation to build up and lead to mold damage.

Other Organic Materials:

  • Mold easily develops on moist and nutrient-rich food.
  • Mold is also likely to develop on damp or wet clothing.
  • Mold may develop on books or papers stored in a humid environment.
  • Mildew is a parasitic fungus that only affects plants.

As you can see, mold may develop in any part of your home. If you encounter moldy items, you should contact a cleaning, testing, and restoration service in Sumner, WA. In the case of either mildew growth or mold growth, you must address the source of the problem, which usually involves excess moisture. If you do not resolve the underlying problem, you may have to repeat the process of cleaning or replacing building materials, furniture, or other items with mold damage.

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