How the Mycelium Contributes to Mold Damage in Castle Hayne Homes
SERVPRO Technicians Take a Knowledgeable Approach When Dealing With a Mold Infestation in Your Home
Mold damage is a genuine risk for any homeowner. The fungus thrives wherever it finds a food source plus moisture to help it grow. As residents of North Carolina know, the state can get rather hot and humid during warmer months. The humidity gives fungus extra chances to grow. Older homes are at particular risk as they tend to be damper and darker. Today we are getting a little technical and talking about the mycelium, what it is, and the role it plays in mold growth in Castle Hayne homes.
Homeowners want to avoid mold damage in Castle Hayne wherever possible. Sometimes a little extra understanding of the life cycle of mold helps because when we understand how the fungus grows, we understand better how to stop it growing.
Mycelium is a fancy sounding name which means a mass of tiny branching cells. The microscopic cells that make up the mycelium are known as hyphae. As a mycelium grows, it absorbs nutrients from its surroundings – in the case of your home, that might mean eating into your drywall, carpet, or even wood or leather.
In nature, the mycelium is a vital part of the ecosystem because it eats decomposing plant matter and releases carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere. However, you naturally do not want it eating anything in your home!
The Mycelium grows tiny mold spores which it releases into the atmosphere so they can travel and find new locations to start new mycelium. The movement of spores means mold spreads from one place in your home to another.
The mycelium is also the visible part of mold – it is what you see when you notice black, brown or green mold growing in the corner of your home.
SERVPRO is on hand to help with mold damage remediation. Our IICRC-certified technicians set up a containment area around the affected room to reduce the risk of more spores spreading. We also use a negative air machine to vent contaminated air outside your home.
It is possible to clean visible mold by scraping and scrubbing. However, it is not feasible to detect all spores as they are impossible to see with the naked eye. SERVPRO equips our teams with dehumidifiers and moisture meters so they can monitor and reduce wetness, thus making it hard for mold to grow back.
For help with fungal remediation in Kure Beach, Elizabethtown, Wilmington, Leland and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of New Hanover at (910) 762-8180 today.
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