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How does mold grow in Louisiana?

How does mold grow in Louisiana?


Louisiana is known for many things: Fishing, Wetlands, and Hot Humid Summers.

Our population consists of an array of diverse and unique properties with nearby wetlands. Unfortunately for Louisianans, mold is often a problem, an unwanted and often ignored one that causes various severe adverse health effects.

In particular, prolonged moisture of surfaces that contain high level of cellulose promote growth. Humidity levels must be kept at 50% or below.

How do you know which mold is growing? Our experts are ready to diagnose the specific mold and remove it safely and effectively.

Regarding inspection, mold removal services and cost in Maurice, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and Houma, LA,contact us, and we are here to provide you with accurate information. Just give us a call if you don't find what you're looking for on our site. We provide a no-obligation consultation over the phone, and we're always happy to help.

Different type of molds that needs attention


It's hard to really know what you're dealing with, since there are over 100,000 different type of species. We recommend that you talk to our specialist to help identify whether the mold in your home or business are risky to your health.

3 common molds that poses a threat in Louisiana:

Chaetomium

Characteristics

  • transitions from white, brown and eventually to black
  • Cotton like texture


 



 


Where it grows

 

 

 

  • Flooded homes; damp buildings; wet drywall, wall-paper, carpets,
  • products high in cellulose


 

 

 



 


Health Effects

 

 

 

  • Fatal deep infections have been reported in immunocompromised people
  • Other issues include brain abscess, peritonitis, and onychomycosis


 

 

 



 


Severely harmful and can cause infections, Chaetomium growth can be caused by high relative humidity and variability, especially in humid climates in Louisiana. One way to avoid Chaetomium from developing or re-grow is to maintain the humidity level below 50%. When Chaetomium matures it spores and gets airborne and spreads.

 

Spores

Spores

Growth will take place 24-48 hours if the spores lands on any materials or surfaces which appears to be damp and rich in cellulose e.g. dry wall or wood

Normally found in homes that were previously water-damaged, growth will appear rapidly and start developing colonies. Not limited to water-damaged homes, one of the key locations is the areas around your drain, the damp rooms that are usually unattended, such as attics and areas adjacent to leaky plumbing. Chaetomium can be developed in your backyard, so keep an eye out for white cotton stuff that grows on dirt, animal dung matter and plant waste.

Dry any water damaged areas within 24-48 hours to prevent any possible mold growth. Be hyper vigilant to keep that area dry, or you'll cause mold regrowth. Not from the mold itself, but from the remaining spores.

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Cladosporium


Characteristics

  • Green, brown, gray, or black
  • Powdery appearance


 



 


Where it grows

 

 

 

  • Food
  • Dead plants
  • Wood
  • Insulation
  • Dark, damp environments and rooms


 

 

 



 


Health Effects

 

 

 

  • Can cause severe allergic reactions
  • Harmful for people with asthma, allergies, and a compromised immune system


 

 

 



 


Long term exposure to Cladosporium can cause sinusitis.

To prevent any problems from progressing, Cladosporium can be removed. Bleach or vinegar can be used if the area small enough and only if spreading could be prevented by preventing moisture. E.g. dehumidifier, fix all possible leaks, etc

If the area quite sizable, it is recommended to contact one of our specialists.

 

Aspergillus


Characteristics

  • Green, brown, gray, white or black and grows very rapidly




Where it grows
  • Walls
  • Insulation
  • Clothing
  • Soil
  • Humid
  • Damp environments




Health Effects
  • Can cause asthma attacks
  • Infections in people with weak immune systems
  • Produces carcinogen called aflatoxin




We recommend calling in a mold removal professional for a free consultation, if you've got aspergillus mold or some other type of mold growing in your home. Having mold in your household ventilation and heating system can further expose you to mold and health problems can be worsen if it has not been remedied by a professional.

If you have mold covering an area greater than ten square feet, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends hiring a professional to do the mold removal for you.

One way to avoid mold from developing or re-grow is to maintain the humidity level below 50%. When it matures it spores and gets airborne and spreads.

The More You Know

If you see any of this mold forming or even if you believe that it might be somewhere in your home, hire someone to do a mold inspection in Maurice, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and Houma, LA for you. To be able to find any hidden mold, a qualified mold inspection expert will be your best strategy in finding the source.

Identifying and removing toxic mold is what our local technicians are capable of . If you see or smell mold, if you have had recent flooding or water damage, we haven't had a recent inspection. Please call us immediately!

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