WHAT IS MOLD?
The 2016 Homeowners Guide to Mold – Part 1
Finding mold in your home is scary. We like to think our home is safe – and it should be.
What if I told you that mold doesn’t have to hurt the value of your home, or cost thousands in repairs …and that getting rid of mold isn’t hard when you have a blueprint?
In this guide I will teach you:
This 2016 Homeowner’s Guide to Mold is written to restore your peace of mind by helping you take action. If you’ve found mold, or suspect mold in your home, follow these instructions and your mold problem will be solved.
I know your time is valuable, so if you are ready to have the mold professionally removed, learn how to choose the right company.
WHAT IS MOLD?
Considering the amount of information online, I won’t go into too much detail here. However, there are a few basic things you should know about mold to help you understand why it is a problem.
Mold is a fungus that includes thousands of different species. There are three requirements for mold growth: Spores, Food and Water.
Let’s address each in turn, keeping this in mind as we learn more: mold is alive, and like all living things it wants to feed, grow and will defend itself if necessary.
Mold spores are everywhere. In small quantities, your immune system deals with them like anything else. The problem is when the concentration of spores in the air gets too high – a problem that is greatest indoors.
Mold grows on cellulose – the most abundant organic material on earth. Most of the material in your home is made up of cellulose, including:
…even the glue used in construction often contains cellulose.
Like a plant seed, mold spores need moisture to grow. Once moisture is available, mold growth can begin rapidly. When mold is growing, it produces a gas causing a “moldy” odor. If the smell goes away, it simply means that the mold is not growing. Unlike a plant, however, mold doesn’t die without moisture – it simply goes dormant.
A Few Words About the Author
Greg Gandee has worked with the top insurance carriers, including: State Farm, Nationwide, Allstate, Travelers, Farmers and USAA. He’s helped thousands of customers breathe cleaner air by removing unwanted mold from their homes.
• 31 years Restoration Expert
• Collaborator ServiceMaster Quality Vendor Program
• Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)
• ASD Applied Structural Drying
• WRT Water Damage Restoration
• Extensive background in building materials and floor coverings
• Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response Standard (Hazwoper) Certification
• CAT Loss Manager