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MOLD 101: Is Your DC Business At Risk?

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

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There are various forms of mold, and all molds can cause health effects. One of the old myths is that people believe ALL mold is evil. Mold is used in the making of penicillin.

What Is Penicillin?

Penicillin is an antibiotic widely used to treat bacterial infections such as pneumonia, ear, skin, and throat infections. As you can see, not all mold is harmful. A mold is sometimes used to produce blue cheese. I know what you're thinking right now: "Yuck," but a lot of people enjoy Blue Cheese dressing on their salads.

How Does Mold Grow?

Mold needs moisture and oxygen to grow. Mold can grow on any organic material, including 

  • wood 
  • paper 
  • Carpet
  • food

It is virtually impossible to remove all mold and mold spores in an indoor environment; however, mold growth can be managed simply by monitoring indoor moisture.

Mold spores can begin growing and digesting whatever they land on to survive if they land on a damp spot indoors. Molds will gradually ruin the items they grow on if they are not removed.

Is My DC Business Property At Risk Of Mold? 

Today's builders construct buildings that are tightly enclosed and can lack proper ventilation, possibly resulting in moisture accumulation. Since mold requires water to grow, it is vital to prevent moisture issues in buildings. Building materials, such as drywall, can make it difficult for moisture to escape. Moisture issues may be caused by roof leaks, landscaping, and a failure to maintain moisture problems on time.

My Property Has Mold, What Now?

If left unchecked, mold will easily spread across a property. SERVPRO of Washington, DC will react rapidly, containing the infestation and preventing it from spreading to other parts of the house. Following that, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and efficiently to handle the situation. We have the necessary preparation, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and restore it to preloss condition.

Learn more about SERVPRO's Washington, DC Commercial Mold Remediation >

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