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Using Bread To Understand Mold

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Using Bread To Understand Mold Mold spores thrive on moisture

You have many responsibilities for maintaining your home in Tempe,AZ, and staying mold-free is an important one. Reviewing your experience with bread mold is a great way to understand the impact of mold in your home. Why does mold grow on bread?

1. Mold spores are everywhere.
Most people store their bread in a plastic bag, yet mold will still grow thanks to the fact that spores are lightweight and travel through the air. The little bit of exposure your bread gets from opening the bag is enough to allow spore-containing air to enter. This is similar to the way mold spores get in your home: traveling on the air and entering through doors, windows and vents.

2. Mold grows in a moist environment.
You don’t see croutons covered in mold and that’s because there is not enough moisture. People love bread when it is soft and moist, and that moisture is exactly what fungus growth needs to thrive. That’s why controlling relative humidity and repairing water leaks are both important jobs to prevent mold growth in the home.

3. Mold needs a food source.
All mold needs an organic food source, and most molds have favorites. When it comes to bread mold, there are certain varieties that tend to colonize on bread. This is also true for homes, since most building materials are made from cellulose-based materials, and the molds that prefer that food source tend to colonize there.

Can’t You Just Change the Temperature?

While most molds prefer a warmer temperature, many varieties can handle a cooler environment, which is why you find fridge mold. You can prevent mold by freezing bread, but you can’t freeze your home.

With the lessons learned from bread mold, you can see that moisture control is the key to preventing household mold problems. If you already have mold, it’s important to get help fast since mold multiplies rapidly. Expert mold remediators are knowledgeable and use a variety of techniques to help prevent the further spread of mold during the clean-up process.

Do you think you have a mold problem?

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

A musty odor in your home may be a sign of mold growth. How do you know for sure though?  The best way to know if you have a mold problem is to enlist the expertise of a certified industrial hygienist (CIH).  A CIH can identify whether or not you need to seek mold remediation services. 

Unlike ‘mold test kits’ that can be purchased on-line (and are very unreliable), testing performed by a CIH will have your testing samples evaluated in laboratory environment.

If your home or business tests positive in an evaluation conducted by a CIH, you’ll know for certain that you need mold remediation services.

Why Do I Need a CIH to Check for Mold?

Mold is everywhere. Spores live in the air outside and they are carried into your home on clothing, pets, hair and shoes. It is impossible to have a home that is completely spore-free. When you use a do it yourself mold test kit, they will almost always report that you have mold in your home, even when there is no visible growth to be found. The store-bought kits do not distinguish from the mold spores that are inevitably in the air and a problematic growth causing potential damage to your building’s structure. A CIH can accurately determine if a mold problem exists.

SERVPRO of North Tempe can assist you with finding a CIH.  If testing reveals you have a mold issue, SERVPRO of North Tempe has the people, tools and knowledge to complete any mold remediation work that you’ll need done.