Mold Remediation Salt Lake City
Molds are part of the natural environment. But indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce through tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through the outdoor and indoor air.
Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.
Water in your home can come from many sources. Water can enter your home by leaking or by seeping through basement floors. The amount of moisture that the air in your home can hold depends on the temperature of the air. As the temperature goes down, the air can hold less moisture.
This is why, in cold weather, moisture condenses on cold surfaces (for example, drops of water form on the inside of a window). This moisture can encourage biological pollutants to grow.
- The key to mold control is moisture control. If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly and fix the water problem.
- It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
- Scrub mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry thoroughly.
- Fix plumbing leaks and other water problems as soon as possible. Dry all items completely.
- Absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpet, may have to be thrown away if they become moldy. Mold can grow on or fill in the empty spaces and crevices of porous materials, so the mold may be difficult or impossible to remove completely.
The EPA brochure: “Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned?” provides an excerpt on duct cleaning and mold, for additional information on duct cleaning and mold.