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Understanding Mold: Spores, Toxicity, Development and Removal

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Mold spores are microscopic and are carried on air currents and clothing

Understanding Mold

For most commercial property owners, the idea of mold growth in their buildings is their worst nightmare. The costs associated with the cleanup can be significant, which is anxiety-inducing enough, but the truth is that most people don’t understand mold; they only know it is bad for business. While it is not good to have, a mold infestation is manageable, especially when caught early, and your business can resume normal operations within a week, depending on the size of the colony. That being said, it does help to understand the nightmare so that you can conquer your anxiety and get back to business strategy.

1. Spores and Spread

As a fungus, mold colonies thrive in high humidity and moisture. However, even if your business is temperature controlled, spores are still present. The truth is that while not all spores will spurn colonies, they can never be wholly removed from a facility. They are microscopic and are carried on air currents and clothing. Therefore, while you can remove a colony from your business, do not believe the hype that a remediation service will eliminate all presence of mold.

2. Toxicity

There are several species of mold growth, and while some are toxic, the majority are not. This does not mean that you can or should handle mold carelessly. The fact is, there is no way to know whether a fungus is harmful or not without first having it tested.

3. Development

Mold requires moisture. Therefore, high humidity or water damage can lead to the development of colonies. This can stem from broken pipes or even poor ventilation.

4. Removal

A mold remediation specialist in the Dahlonega, GA , area will likely go through several steps to ensure that your facility is put back in working order. They will contain the area and remove, discard or salvage every item in the contaminated area, eventually restoring your business.

Mold growth in your building can be a nerve-wracking experience, but it doesn't have to be. Yes, spores are a part of everyday life, but colonization can be dealt with by certified removal experts.

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