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ALL ABOUT MOLD
Mold Damage to Property in Los Angeles
Mold is to construction material what cancer
is to the human body.
Like cancer, mold can grow for a long
time before being detected. Left unchecked,
mold can cause significant property damage.
But the effects of mold on construction
materials can be reduced and even prevented
completely, by promptly controlling the
cause of every mold issue - moisture.
The Cause and Effects of Indoor Mold Growth
Moisture is always the cause of indoor
mold growth. Mold doesn't just grow on construction
materials all by itself, it requires moisture.
Control moisture and you control mold growth. The
source of moisture is typically one of three
- Direct water intrusion event such as a roof
leak, plumbing leak, poorly sealed leaking
windows, drain back-ups, water run-off from
showers and bath tubs, etc.
- Indirect water intrusion from "rising damp",
such as moisture wicking up from the ground or
damp concrete slabs into walls, carpet,
cabinets, furniture, etc.
- Intermittent water intrusion from
condensation caused by humidifiers, vaporizers,
high steam, inadequate ventilation, faulty
windows, and high humidity.
The obvious effect of mold growth inside
buildings is the damage it causes to construction
materials and personal property. The nature of mold
is to decompose matter. Detecting and addressing
mold growth early can significantly reduce the cost
to remediate and repair damage caused by mold.
However, left unaddressed, mold will eventually
destroy everything it grows on.
Examples of Exterior Water Intrusion Causing Indoor
Mold can grow on any wet building materials,
including stucco. Once it is discovered, it
must be addressed quickly and properly.
Delayed or improper handling of mold issues
can multiply damages and repair costs exponentially. In
this picture water from sprinklers had making
contact with the structure wall, possibly
for years and the slab was continually
exposed to moisture.
When exterior building materials such as
stucco, wood siding, brick, concrete block,
etc. are exposed to moisture sources from
outdoors moisture travels into and through
the walls. Over time that moisture can
penetrate all the way through the wall
cavity and into the interior drywall. Mold
growing inside wall cavities usually causes
unpleasant odors indoors long before mold
Eventually moisture and mold will penetrate
all the way through to the interior side of
wall surfaces. By that time, extensive
damage to the structure has already taken
place. A visual inspection by a Certified
Mold Inspector can help detect water
intrusion issues early, saving thousands of
dollars in repairs costs.
If you owned this property you would be fully
aware of the problem and the extent of the damage.
But what if you were considering buying this home?
What if the remediation was not properly and there
was still mold growth inside the walls? How would
Hiring a Certified Mold Inspector is the answer. New
carpet and fresh paint cannot mask active mold
growth from a trained professional with
sophisticated state-of-the-art testing equipment.
Before you buy your next property, insist on an
independent mold inspection.
Less Obvious Signs of Indoor Mold Growth