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Why Mold Damage Happens to Gunnison Homes with Older Builds More Often

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

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Mold damage in Gunnison happens to older homes more often than to new builds, causing maintenance and upkeep costs to rise with time for local homeowners. Multiple factors contribute to this phenomenon, ranging from the materials that make up the structure to building layouts and amenities that may be at a disadvantage compared to modern standards. While we do take care of fungal colonies in all types of homes in the area, here are a few reasons why old construction makes up a significant portion of our work.

Better Materials
Most types of mold damage in Gunnison homes thrive on older materials. Fresh wood and other building materials are often better able to fight off fungal spores than are older, more well-worn materials. Decayed cells and microstructures within the wood, wallpaper, and other materials present easy targets for opportunistic spores, giving them a reliable food source to grow off of should water be present. Age is not the only factor, however: better-quality materials are less likely to experience these effects with age. Modern homes may have more rigorous quality standards than those that are decades old.

Excellent Growing Environments
Older homes often incorporate many more crawlspaces, thin surfaces, hollow regions, and other structural amenities that provide safe, secluded places for mold colonies to grow. When water finds its way into these areas for any reason, it can be easy for an upstart colony to form without the homeowner ever knowing there is a problem until it becomes too prominent to ignore. New homes are often better-lit and less naturally supportive of mold growth than older constructions.

Poor Maintenance
Many old homes are not maintained as well as newer ones. This may be due to the residents' inability to conduct routine checks and touch-ups, or even merely because problems may be harder to recognize. SERVPRO can help to evaluate your home for any maintenance issues or damages and start you down the path toward getting them fixed.

SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride provides mold damage restoration and remediation services to local homeowners in need. Contact us 24/7 at (970) 240-6970.

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