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Mold Growth Happens No Matter What the Season at Your Beacon Home

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Green, black and white fuzzy mold growth on a white interior wall. Doesn't matter the temperatures outside, mold loves a cozy, damp house to grow it's family in!

It’s January and frigid outside, you go into your attic and boom, that telltale musty smell stops you in your tracks. But how can there be mold in the winter?

Mold spores occur naturally in the environment but need moisture and materials like wood or sheet rock to provide ample food for it to colonize and start a problem. There are a lot of circumstances that can lead to a mold problem in your home or business, but it will always start with a water issue like flooding, an unknown leak, a burst pipe, ice damming, etc. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County’s mold remediation professionals see mold growth throughout every season in the Hudson Valley, it’s not just an issue in the warmer temps.

Sometimes you can see it, sometimes not, but mold will always have that “off” smell of damp, dirty, soil-like yuck. A smell that doesn’t belong indoors.  If you’re able to pinpoint an area where it might be coming from, there is some kind of moisture problem, or a leak and you need to get the source of that repaired as soon as possible. If you can’t see it, it could be behind a wall (like in the bathroom or kitchen) or hiding behind a hot water heater in the basement. The drier the area, the less appealing an environment for mold to grow.

Contact your insurance company as soon as you notice it too, there are damages that may or may not be covered under your policy. Coverage varies from policy to policy so best to be clear as to what the terms are. Your local insurance agent is a great source of information here.

There are numerous products on the market that claim to eliminate mold but don’t be fooled. Without knowing what you’re working with, how extensive the growth is and where, over-the-counter type products can do a minimal job and not remediate the whole problem.

Though mold can be tricky to treat and remove, we have the experts in the industry who can walk you through the process and help ease your worries. Call SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County, our free estimates conducted by our trained professionals will guide you in the right direction to getting the problem solved. Our techs are certified in mold remediation and we have the experience and equipment to take care of it the right way.

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