Are you wondering how you get mold in your house? Ever heard of the “circle of life”? Even mold plays its part by breaking down organic matter such as dead trees and fallen leaves (bet you didn’t see THAT on the Lion King!). However, just like spiders, mold is better off doing its job OUTSIDE of your house.

Mold is that freeloading relative that is always around looking for a place to stay. It reproduces by spores that are invisible to the naked eye and are constantly floating around looking for a nice damp place to settle down in your house and colonize. They let themselves into your house through open doorways, on your clothes, your pets, cracks in the window, etc.

There are MANY types of mold, but they need moisture to grow. That’s why humid places like Central Florida create a prime environment for mold growth. If you have water leaks, high humidity in your home, or have experienced a flood or overflowing toilet—you might as well roll down the sheets and put up a “WELCOME MOLD! You can stay at MY place!” sign.

Mold growth can be prevented by controlling the moisture in your home. If you have a water leak, FIX IT. If you have a flood, CLEAN IT. If you have mold already, CALL US. It only takes 24-48 hours for mold to colonize and cause a problem.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said: “Mold growth, which often looks like spots, can be many different colors, and can smell musty. If you can see or smell mold, a health risk may be present. You do not need to know the type of mold growing in your home, and CDC does not recommend or perform routine sampling for molds. No matter what type of mold is present, you should remove it…”