Mold Damage on Plastic Items in Shrewsbury Home
Beware of the Different Surfaces Mold Can Grow On
Mold is a repulsive and potentially dangerous fungus that normally grows on porous materials such as grout, plaster, wood, and fabrics. However, under the right conditions, mold growth can also occur on semi-porous and non-porous materials such as metal, glass, and even plastic.
If you find mold growing on any plastic items, SERVPRO can help eradicate it. We have a team of IICRC-certified mold damage remediation experts in Grafton who are highly skilled and highly experienced. Our tools and products are designed to reverse mold growth on any surface quickly and efficiently.
The speed at which mold damage occurs depends on a number of factors. Moisture, in particular, must be present on the plastic surface. Since some plastics are semi-porous (such as shower curtains) while others are non-porous (such as food containers), not all plastics can support mold growth as quickly or as efficiently. Semi-porous surfaces tend to trap moisture for a longer period than non-porous surfaces, thus making them more susceptible to mold damage.
For mold growth to occur on a non-porous surface, there must be a consistent source of moisture present (such as a puddle of water). SERVPRO water damage restoration professionals can fix this source to prevent future growth. Mold also requires a source of nutrient to thrive. Since plastic does not contain natural nutrients such as cellulose, mold spores rely on dirt, old food particles, or soil to acquire enough nutrients. For example, it might grow inside an old plastic water bottle with traces of dirt, or inside a plastic container where some rotting food remains.
Other factors can also determine the speed at which mold damage happens on plastic. For example, poor circulation or high humidity in the house can support mold growth. Ideally, the cleanliness of the general environment is important, since dirt and dust in the air can land on the plastic and provide more soil for mold spores to thrive. Temperature also plays a role in mold growth, as the fungus grows more speedily at high temperatures.
If mold growth is affecting your overall indoor air quality, you can count on SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough to control the mold damage. We have the expertise to handle your restoration needs, and we are available 24/7, every day of the week. Call us today at (508) 757-7885
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