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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

The Risks of Mold

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

This Photo shows one of the ways Mold looks like, Its white, Fuzzy and 100% completely harmful. This mold grew underneath the hardwood floor.


Mold is a microscopic, airborne fungus that decomposes organic material in the presence of moisture. The key to preventing mold is to control moisture. Many building materials are conducive to mold growth if there is a persistent source of water. Kitchens, bathrooms, and basements are especially prone to mold because there are consistent sources of moisture, including standing water, humidity, and condensation. Certain seasons and climates are also more conducive for mold growth as well.

Mold is typically blue, green, grey, and black, may look fuzzy, and usually grows in thread-like structures. Other signs of mold are persistent odors, crumbling walls, discoloration spots, and peeling paint. Cleaning mold with bleach only treats the symptom. Without resolving the source of the water, mold will return.

Cleaning the mold with a mixture of bleach and water is not enough and not a wise choice. Mold is a symptom associated with a persistent source of moisture, such as a leaky pipe, persistent condensation, or consistent humidity. The source of moisture must be fixed to prevent mold from returning.


Mold is always the symptom of some type of water issue. Without a source of moisture, mold cannot thrive. Aside from the health risks of mold, it can weaken building materials or even cause structural issues if left unresolved.

After an initial assessment, our highly trained and experienced crews will remove materials contained with mold. To prevent a recurrence, they clean, clean, deodorize, and sanitize the area.

Common Causes of Mold Growth

  • Persistent Condensation
  • Consistent Humidity
  • Leaky Water Pipes and Plumbing Fixtures
  • Flood Damage That Was Improperly Cleaned Up
  • Leaking Roofs or Windows

SERVPRO of San Mateo always offers 24-hour emergency service, let our compassionate and dependable restoration specialists give you peace of mind in an emergency.

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