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Mold Can Cause Significant Damage Your Century City Home

1/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can damage any surface it grows on.

Mold Damage

Even as dry and hot as California can be, mold can still find enough moisture in your home to grow. When it grows, it is likely to cause damage, stains, and a musty odor that is often the first sign that mold is an unwelcome guest. Cleaning it out is your goal, but SERVPRO can help you find it. Mold loves to hide, and this can make it difficult to find. Science and technology have worked together to develop tools that can help us, though, making it easy for us to locate areas where mold is most likely to develop.

Century City residents should understand that mold can create damage in their home anywhere, including outdoor areas. This can include decks with or without pools, although shorter decks are more likely to be affected than taller ones when there is no pool present. This is because they are closer to the ground where moisture, and microbes, particularly mold, can more easily accumulate.

Mold can damage any surface it grows on. It can also cause health effects in some people. This is because mold, as tiny as it is, is an organism with a complicated life cycle. This life cycle causes it to give off spores to reproduce. These spores can contain chemicals that can create those health effects. As mold grows, it spreads rapidly across the surface of whatever it is on. While mold, when it is dry, can be brushed off easily, the hyphae, or roots, penetrates below the surface, staining the area permanently. This is why clothing is so difficult to clean successfully after mold or mildew has been growing on it.

As these hyphae penetrate the surface, it also allows the mold to absorb the cellulose the material contains. Cellulose is actually the smallest building block in materials such as wood. When mold eats away at these, the wood will deteriorate, and become fragile. Rotting can also happen, and quickly does when water is found nearby, such as in a pool or a sprinkler system. The top of your deck may seem dry, but underneath can still be wet, dripping into the ground, and easily accessible to any mold present.

At SERVPRO, we are highly experienced in finding mold growth and remediating it to safe levels. After materials that cannot be cleaned safely enough are removed, we restore everything to pre-mold conditions for you. Nobody wants to have excess mold in their home, or around it, as it can easily be carried in on shoes or even pets' feet. Remediating is the key to preserving the integrity of your home's outdoor areas.

If you believe your deck needs to be examined for mold growth, or any other area of your home, call us. You can always call SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood at (310) 390-7540, 24 hours a day, all year. We will discuss your concerns and schedule an appointment that suits your schedule.

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