Understanding How Mold Spreads
There are few homeowners who haven’t heard of mold, and many have unfortunately had to
deal with the expense of mold removal. More mysterious, however, is often how
mold spreads and what you can do about it before it’s a big problem. If preventing
spreading mold in your Pico Rivera, CA home matters to you, here are some clues
to understand just what helps this pesky fungus thrive.
What Mold Is
Smelly, destructive and seemingly everywhere, mold is best described as a fungus. It’s often fuzzy looking, though it can be slimy too, and has an unpleasant, musty smell. It’s often black or grayish, but it can come in a variety of colors including:
While black mold has a particularly nefarious reputation, all household mold is problematic and should be stopped from spreading early.
How Mold Spreads
Spreading mold occurs via spores, which are like seeds for fungi. These lightweight spores are invisible to the naked eye but are all around us. They’re not a problem, however, until they land on a surface where they can thrive. Such surfaces include leather, wood, paper, drywall and basically any organic surface they can use for nutrition.
Lightweight and Airborne
What makes these spores so easily spread is that they are airborne. That means a breeze can carry them over great distances to find a place to take root. In your home, the HVAC system can achieve this. A few spores landing in moist AC vents, for instance, can multiply and spread through your home as soon as you turn your system on.
Stopping mold from existing is impossible, but you can stop it from multiplying in your home easily. Start by minimizing dark, damp areas, especially in bathrooms, attics, crawlspaces and beneath sinks. Work with a mold remediation company to remove moisture and you’ll have taken a major step to stopping spreading mold in its tracks.