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How Large Are The Spores That Cause Mold Damage In Agoura Homes?

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Large Are The Spores That Cause Mold Damage In Agoura Homes? Mold Spores Build Colonies in Agoura Homes Requiring Remediation--Call SERVPRO

Mold Morphology Dictates Correct Remediation Services

Homeowners know that running a household comes with many responsibilities, from keeping gutters cleared to getting repairs done around the house. One particular issue for householders in Agoura is mold. Fungi are present in many places, especially out in nature, and it is easy for them to set up home indoors. All mold needs for growth is moisture, ambient temperatures, and an organic food source such as cloth or drywall.
 
One thing you might not know about mold damage in your Agoura home is just how tiny the mold spores are. They are far too small to be seen by the naked eye. Visible mold growth in a home is called a mycelium, which is a collection of tiny thread-like cells called hyphae. The mycelium releases mold spores which are then free to travel to other parts of the house and set up new colonies.
 
Most mold spores are around 10 to 30 microns in size. A micron is one millionth of a meter, which is so small it is tricky to imagine. For comparison, a human hair is typically between 40 and 300 microns, and the eye of a needle is 1,250 microns. So it is clear that mold is very tiny indeed.
 
Because the spores are too small to be seen with the naked eye, it is not possible to completely eradicate all mold from the house. However, SERVPRO trains our technicians to set up containment and use powerful filtration to prevent the spread of mold.
 
Our IICRC-certified technicians set up containment around areas of visible mold. Contained areas prevent spores from escaping into other parts of your home. We also wear protective clothing and create a decontamination area to protect the rest of your house.
 
An important step in mold remediation is the use of a negative air machine to draw contaminated air out of the area and vent it. It is vital that the machines can trap mold spores. That is why SERVPRO only uses equipment with true HEPA filtration because a true High-Efficiency Particulate Air filter traps particles as small as 0.3 microns.
 
For help with mold remediation in Agoura, Calabasas, Hidden Hills and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 today.

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