10 Things You Should Know About MOLD – Part 2 of 2
When we last looked at MOLD, we reviewed part 1 0f 2 points 1-5. They included potential health effects, controlling it, when it may be a problem, prevention and its relationship to humidity. Today, we'll go onto to parts 6-10.
6. 48 HOURS - After a wtaer intrusion has occurred, if it goes unaddressed, it is possible that mold can begin to form within 48-72 hours. All it needs is a "food source" (wood, drywall, insulation paper, etc). Unmitigated, and you could end up with a big problem.
7. Mold & Surfaces - There are two types of surfaces; Hard and Porous. A hard surface can be cleaned and dried. A porous surface, such as drywall, may very well need to be removed.
8. Condensation - Again, condensation IS moisture. Whenever possible, address this issue ASAP. If you see it forming on windows, exterior walls, a roof or really any surface, eliminating it could save you a lot of headaches later.
9. A Word About Carpeting - In an area where there is a moisture issue (i.e. - cracking concrete floors, below ground basements with a high water table), it is best to avoid carpet and pad. Subfloors and vapor barriers are a good idea.
10. Mold Is EVERYWHERE - But there are acceptable levels and unacceptable. But when there's a water intrusion, it is the "food Sources" that do the most damage.
Good luck and STAY DRY!