Finding mold can be a real wake-up call for a homeowner. It raises a lot of questions that you can’t answer yourself: Is it causing symptoms? How bad is the infestation? How do I get rid of it? Is this mold damaging my home?
It’s that last one we’re going to concentrate on today. The health risks of living with a mold infestation are well-known and well-documented, but a lot of homeowners don’t know about the structural damage that can be caused by the conditions that lead to mold growth.
To plainly answer the question, does mold damage a home? No, but a fungus called “dry rot” lives in the same environment as mold and will wreak havoc on a home.
Technically, mold CAN eat the wood in your home, but that rarely happens because dry rot gets to it first. Known by the scientific name of Serpula lacrymans, dry rot acts faster than mold to get into wood and use up its cellulose and water supplies, making the wood weak.
The solution is to remove the source of the dry rot in the same way that you do for a mold infestation. We need to first learn what enables fungus growth so we can proactively prevent its growth before the problem arises.
What are Fungi?
Both mold and dry rot are fungi, which are microscopic organisms that use enzymes to break down plant and animal matter into useful components. Fungi are a critical part of the life cycle in that they break down dead matter and turn it into forms that can be used by living things. Once a fungus decomposes a material, it digests it and releases spores into the air to spread. These spores harm people through allergic and other reactions.
The reproductive mechanisms of fungi are what make them so hard to deal with. They become part of the environment and spread with the air currents. How can you stop something that spreads through the air? The answer is that you can’t once it gets going. The only thing you can do is remove the conditions that allow it to take root.
What Leads to Fungal Growth?
Water, water, water. The most important factor in fungal growth is moisture because it’s the most controllable factor in the equation. Fungi need water, a food source, and the right temperature to survive. They eat just about every construction material, so you can’t starve them. Obviously, you can’t live in an icebox. So that leaves the water or humidity.
You should aim to take excess water out of your home anyway. In addition to mold, water can warp and damage your foundation or the wooden structural components of your house. But the mold and other fungi create an extra hazard of polluting your indoor air. If your walls or floorboards harbor fungi, then you’re being exposed to the possibility of symptoms like wheezing, itchy eyes, or asthma.
How Do You Protect Your Home from Fungi?
Fortunately for you, the process of mold remediation can help protect your home from structural damage, especially when you have the experts at Biosweep of Alabama handle it. That’s because we get beyond fixing the simple symptoms. Our Mold Away Services work like this:
- We have a free initial phone consultation to talk about your mold problem. We need to get an idea of what the problem looks like and the severity of it.
- Our experts visit the site and get a better understanding of your needs. We take measurements and figure out a plan of attack.
- Then we send in our team to remediate the problem. We leave homes in excellent shape afterward.
If you’re worried about a fungus causing structural damage to your home, give us a call today! We are here to help.