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Mold Services in Baton Rouge – Part #1

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United Fire & Water Damage of LA, LLC Provides Mold Services in Baton Rouge

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(STATE OF LOUISIANA – WATER DAMAGE #101 & MOLD REMEDIATION) – LOUISIANA REAL ESTATE COMMISSION
– LOUISIANA STATE BOARD OF CONTRACTORS
– LOUISIANA STATE BOARD OF INSURANCE

Mold Services in Baton Rouge

PART 1 IN OUR SERIES ON MOLD

Molds have been part of the environment since humans have walked the planet.

References to mold can be found in the Bible and scientists estimate molds evolved more than 400 million years ago.

Molds are part of the diverse group of organisms called fungi, which include a wide range of species from tiny molds to large mushrooms.

Fungi are part of nature’s recycling system and play a key role in breaking down organic materials such as plants, leaves, wood fiber and other natural materials.

Fungi extract food from organic material, and they grow and reproduce by way of spores.

Conservatively, more than 100,000 species of mold exist in the world and at least 1,000 species are common in the U.S.

Molds and other fungi are estimated to comprise a quarter of the entire biomass on earth.

As such, molds and mold spores are everywhere.

The air we breathe is a virtual jungle of fungal spores and we regularly encounter mold spores as part of everyday life.    

Humans have coexisted with molds for thousands of years. So why are molds a concern today?

Recent court cases involving mold, sensationalistic media coverage and publication of questionable scientific research have increased public awareness of the issue.

To date in the U.S., there are no regulations

or exposure limits for molds or mold spores, and the mycotoxins that may be present.

While there are many claims that so-called “toxic molds” like Stachybotrys cause severe health effects, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states:

“At present, there is no test that proves an association between Stachybotrys chartum and particular health symptoms.”   

Molds require four things for growth: food, suitable temperature, oxygen and moisture.

There are a host of materials in and around a house that, under proper conditions, can become a breeding ground for mold.

Molds require four things for growth: food, suitable temperature, oxygen and moisture.

In certain situations, wood ALONE can provide the necessary elements to allow mold to grow.

THE KEY ELEMENT FOR MOLD GROWTH IS

MOISTURE

All wood contains moisture. But once the moisture content of wood falls below 20 percent, mold growth cannot be supported.

Depending on the climate, framing lumber will dry to below 20 percent moisture content during construction and before the building is enclosed.   

Some mold species can obtain enough moisture from the air when the relative humidity is above 70%.

Many molds thrive at normal indoor temperatures; few if any molds are able to grow below 40 F or above 100 F.

Outside this range molds may remain dormant or inactive;

they may begin to grow again when the temperature is more favorable.

There are many types of mold

None of them will grow without water or moisture.

Mold Services in Baton Rouge

STAY TUNED FOR PART #2 IN OUR SERIES ON MOLD

UNITED FIRE & WATER DAMAGE

4117 RHODA DR

BATON ROUGE LA 70816

WWW.UNITEDFIREANDWATER.COM

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • MOLD TESTING
  • MOLD CONSULTATION
  • MOISTURE IDENTIFICATION
  • INFRARED BUILDING INSPECTION
  • MOLD REMEDIATION – LA STATE LIC #250487
  • WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION

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