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3 Ways To Stop the Spread of Mold

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

Finger of a woman turning off an air conditioning Turning off the HVAC system is essential to stop spores from spreading throughout a building

3 Ways To Stop the Spread of Mold

Once mold has started growing in a structure, spores can spread if containment measures are not in place and conditions are conducive to growth. Whether black mold or any other type of fungi are infesting a building in Whitemarsh, PA, a property owner should take the following measures to keep the problem from becoming more severe before mold cleanup can take place.

1. Restrict Air Circulation
If mold is visible in any part of a structure or a musty smell is present, a building owner should shut down the HVAC system. Circulating air can carries spores to every part of a structure through air ducts, registers, and returns. Mold may then form on damp surfaces anywhere in the building or in ductwork.
2. Reduce Moisture
Mold cannot grow without a steady supply of moisture. Resolving a moisture problem caused by leaky plumbing or roofing or any other source will make mold less likely to thrive. Even after available moisture has been reduced, mold that has already formed may continue through the growth cycle and become dormant until moisture levels rise again.
3. Clean Up Mold
Remediation is advisable regardless of the species of mold growing in a structure. Some types of mold, such as stachybotrys chartarum or black mold, are toxigenic and may pose risks to the occupants of a structure. Mold cleanup is a process that starts with inspection and containment. Highly contaminated building materials such as cellulose-based insulation and drywall may need to be torn out and replaced. Other materials must be cleaned and dried before the affected area can be restored.
Turning off the HVAC system is essential to stop spores from spreading throughout a building. Reducing moisture can slow growth rates and discourage new colonies from forming. Remediation will be necessary to control an infestation and reduce risks associated with black mold and other toxigenic fungi.

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