Porous materials are ones that water can sneakily seep through and make cozy spots for mold to grow. You might be surprised to learn that many materials used to build your home are porous, and that includes the wood used to frame your home, and the sheetrock used to fill it in, as well as the insulation that protects your home from the world outside. Basically, almost everything used to make your home is porous, meaning that buildings are prone to mold growth.
Mold can also grow on items that are semi-porous and non-porous, though it is much less common. Semi-porous items are things made from concrete or plaster. These items let materials in based on the size of their pores, and may or may not let water in depending on the type of material. Non-porous materials are things like glass or plastic. While mold doesn’t grow on these things – it can still grow inside of them if moisture gets trapped inside glass or plastic containers.
Mold grows especially well in places that are dark, moist and humid – so our South Florida climate is ideal for mold. They really like it here. Fungus might begin to grow slowly on your sheetrock and drywall, but eventually the mold will become a powerful force, multiplying quickly and making the people in your home ill. If your drywall is involved in a flooding incident or pipe burst, call in the professionals to dry your home thoroughly within 24-48 hours, otherwise you will risk mold growing.
So be aware that most materials in your home are porous and make the perfect home for mold to grow in if you let it. You can beat mold by calling us, professionals at iMold to take care of any water damage and mold remediation needs you may have.
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