Our team here at SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/St. Augustine beach wanted to take an opportunity to clear up some misconceptions about mold. We understand mold is scary, and we want to put your mind at ease by debunking some of the common myths about mold.
Myth: If my house or business floods, mold will eventually grow
Fact: If water damage occurs, mold can usually be avoided if you call SERVPRO within 72 hours. We always recommend calling immediately! Not only are our estimates 100% free, but our experts will also give you free opinions and advice for the actions you should take.
Myth: My carpet and drywall feel dry after a flood. Mold won’t grow because the surface feels dry to the touch.
Fact: Just because a surface feels dry, doesn’t mean it is! If water passes through drywall, it also may affect the insulation and the studs. The drywall may be dry, but the space behind the drywall become vulnerable to possible mold growth. The same is true for carpet; carpet padding should always be removed and disposed of properly in events where serious flooding has occurred. The carpet may feel dry, but the carpet pad is vulnerable to possible mold growth.
Myth: Mold won’t grow in my home or business because I have never experienced any water damage situations
Fact: The quality of the air in your home or business will determine whether or not mold is capable of growing. According to the World Health Organization, poor air quality has led to $60 billion in employee sick leave and lost production. Dirty ducts circulate contaminants, which can lead to mold growth. In addition, dirty ducts lead to higher levels of humidity, creating more opportunity for mold to grow.
We here at SERVPRO are experts in mold remediation, and we are happy to help in any way we can. Contact SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/St. Augustine Beach if you have any questions about mold or air quality – 904-429-4457.