Mold damage in homes and businesses comes from a myriad of sources. Tiny, airborne spores can infiltrate buildings through windows, doorways, and ventilation systems, thriving in moist environments like wet wall cavities and humid rooms. Once mold spores settle in an area with sufficient temperatures, moisture levels, and organic material, they spread by growing hyphae. These tendril-like appendages cling to organic materials and release enzymes to digest them. Hyphae can then group to create mycelia, clusters that eventually terminate in new spores. These new spores can travel through the air or ductwork to cling to new surfaces that meet the criteria to encourage mold growth.

Where Residential Mold Growth Comes From

In residential settings, mold most commonly arises in bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and areas with plumbing issues due to constant exposure to moisture. Clogged gutters can also redirect water into a home, where mold can flourish in wall cavities. Leaky faucets, high humidity, and compromised ventilation systems can foster optimal conditions for mold growth. Spores require three factors to spread: moisture, temperatures above 55 degrees Fahrenheit, and organic material to eat. Wooden wall studs, drywall, paper backing on fiberglass insulation, and carpeting are common food sources that can allow mold spores to proliferate.

Examining Commercial Mold Damage Causes

Commercial buildings are also susceptible to mold spore proliferation. Factors like plumbing or sprinkler failures, roof leaks, and compromised humidity control can all lead to mold growth. Commercial kitchens, bathrooms, and humid storage areas with porous, organic materials like cardboard, paper, or fibers can be particularly susceptible to mold growth. Commercial facilities may also have issues with mold behind drop ceiling tiles. Leaky or inadequate ventilation can create moisture buildup that allows mold to increase and spread spores to other areas of the facility through ductwork.

AdvantaClean’s Mitigation Approach Addresses Mold Causes

AdvantaClean technicians receive extensive training and education about mold, its sources, and how to remediate it. They can address mold damage in both commercial and residential buildings. Our crew, equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE), conducts comprehensive property inspections to identify mold sources using moisture sensors, meters, and infrared imaging. This process allows technicians to accurately and comprehensively identify mold sources in commercial buildings and residences before performing remediation tasks.

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The AdvantaClean team is standing by to provide commercial and residential mold remediation solutions. Call us today if you are dealing with mold issues.