Mold and mildew thrives in our humid environments in Florida. Both mold and mildew are a type of fungi. Fungi is defined as spore-producing organisms that feed on organic matter, including molds, yeast, and mushrooms. These are very simple microscopic organisms that thrive in an environment with a high moisture concentration. Mold and mildew are necessary for our environment to stay healthy. Mold and mildew help leaves to decay as well as other organic materials. Mold and mildew are welcome outside, but cause problems for people when they enter our indoor homes, businesses or worse our bodies.In an indoor environment, mold and mildew (mold in early stage) feed on wood products. Our homes are full of products made out of wood. Items such as ceiling tiles, cardboard, wallpaper, carpets, drywall, fabric, insulation are all a suitable food source for mold and mildew.Mold and mildew will reproduce rapidly and form colonies. These colonies can start to form and feed on a wet or damp surface within 24 to 48 hours of water damage. Mold and Mildew reproduce by generating spores. These tiny, lightweight “seeds” will travel through the air and seek other suitable wet materials to feed and grow on. Mold and mildew will digest organic material, eventually destroying the material they grow on, and then spread to destroy adjacent building material. In addition to the damage mold and mildew can cause in your home, they can also cause mild to severe health problems. See the MOLD HEALTH CONCERNS section to check for possible mold and mildew related health problems.
As long as your home is dried properly after flooding, roof or water leaks you should not have a problem with mold and mildew growth. If a water leak should occur, remember that mold and mildew only take 24-48 hours to begin growing and reproducing in your Tallahassee area home or business. Since Florida is a state with very high humidity, once the mold and mildew start to form they will reproduce at a very rapid rate.Simply killing the mold and mildew with a solution like bleach will not rid your house of mold and mildew. Even though the mold and mildew spores are “dead” their “bodies” must be removed. Mold “bodies” can still be the cause of many health symptoms. Mold and mildew can also become dormant after being treated with a mold and mildew killing solution only to return when re-activated by water in the future. Many different species of mold and mildew can remain dormant for upwards of 10 years! This is why mold and mildew will continue to keep growing in your bath tub and or shower after you have “killed” it!
If you suspect a problem with mold and mildew, call us today for a free over the phone assessment. We are available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week to answer any questions you may have in regards to mold and mildew.