What Is Mold? And Why Should I Worry About It?

Mold is part of the natural environment. In nature it’s quite useful, breaking down dead organic matter such as leaves and fallen trees. But as you probably already know, mold spores that make their way into your home can pose certain health risks.

Mold is particularly dangerous to:

  • People with an immune system deficiency
  • Children under the age of two
  • Adults over the age of 60
  • People with respiratory ailments or allergies
  • People who have had recent surgery

One of the biggest reasons mold has become such a problem in recent years is the trend toward energy conservation. With air-tight windows and air-tight walls modern homes are built to keep what’s in, in. The downside of this trend is that these homes fail to let mold and moisture out, allowing mold spores to circulate through the house until they find moist, warm places to take root and grow.

Every home has at least some mold, but most homes don’t contain mold levels that can be harmful. However, if you add water, high humidity, porous materials (eg. drywall, wood, carpet, etc.) stagnant air and 9-14 days – you can have significant fungal growth and infestation.

With a qualified company like Dry Patrol handling a water emergency, mold caused by a water loss can easily be prevented. If a structure is brought back to its normal moisture content quickly and professionally, eliminating the mold’s food source, mold will not be an issue.

Which is why Dry Patrol teams are thoroughly trained in Psychrometry and Applied Structural Drying. And why we use the highest quality low-grain dehumidifiers, high velocity air movement, high temperature area containment and daily moisture monitoring. If you even suspect you may have a mold issue in your home, call us at 877-DRY-3344 or your local franchise number.