Los Angeles, CA
Imagine a fungus (Black Mold) that could eat your home from the inside out and weaken the walls to the point of them needing to be rebuilt. From a structural aspect this type of fungi is more devastating for the building that black mold. A couple of homeowners had some unwanted house guests showing up as white pancakes and mushrooms in the corner and floorboards. Mr.& Mrs. Moore from Los Angeles are experiencing this first hand as this invasive mold slowly weakens the structure of their home.
The Moores face a huge repair bill, some estimates indicate $300-700,000. The fungi has literally eaten away at their home. The Huffington Post reports “The Moore’s insurance company, Safeco, offered to pay $18,000 even though the family’s policy is worth hundreds of thousands, the couple said. Walter Moore, a lawyer, is still battling Safeco after a court threw out the Moore’s lawsuit against the insurer. He filed an appeal. “[The home] is our life savings and half of it is now worthless,” he told CBS. “The other half is dubious.”
It sounds like science fiction but, Poria has been known to extend its reach to extract water from other sources and invade homes. Poria slowly decays the ligen bonds in the wood. ” Its as if the structural members (lumber) within your home begin to turn to mush”, stated Robert Santanastasio, Certified Mold Specialist who has seen damage created by water damage and this type of ravaging organism-fungi in homes.
The organism does require a fungi mold specialist to properly diagnose and eradicate completely. A local Los Angeles inspection firm operated by De La Cruz specializes in this type of inspection and assessments. “Poria is a monster that no one wants to hear about,” De La Cruz said. “We can look at a house during an inspection and everything’s
fine. Six months later, it has wreaked havoc. It’s scary.” www.poriafacts.com
“It’s… the most devastating wood-decaying fungus of houses that we know of,” UC Riverside plant pathology professor John Menge told the Times.
Los Angeles, CA November 26, 2012
If you could only see the water damage and mold growing in your home. It might be just like using an x ray machine to see into the walls of your buildings. In some places you would see mold growing, others dry rot, wood rot, pests and insects roaming the cellulose divided hallways.
The picture of mold growing in the windows of this home is a prime example of how different components can work in harmony to create life.
The three essential components of mold growth involving mold spores, moisture, and a minimal carbon source. From these components the organism (Fungi | Mold | Mildew) are able to initiate growth, digest carbon components by using digestive enzymes to breakdown the cellular bonds of each substrate and reproduce.
In this case water intruding into the window, from outside the window pane, results in increased humidity and possibly dew on the inside. Over an extended amount of time, this will promote bacterial and mold colonies to proliferate with the available moisture. This is an isolated instance, yet water and moisture in the building materials can spread and extend further into neighboring walls, units or down multiple floors (in a larger style buildings).
Mold spores are found everywhere in the environment; inside and outside your home. Your home may have an air handling unit, the essential lungs to your home. If mold growth is observed the chances of mold spreading to different areas is a real possibility. Mold Testing specialist can help determine, by sampling for mold spores, levels that maybe above normal or acceptable ranges.
A known essential to life’s building blocks is the single and multiple carbon chains that exist in nature. Indoor Allergens such as insects parts, cat dander, mold spores, and pollens exist within our home. This may provide the basic elemental substrates to be added into the window pane by wind, pressure and other dynamic building features.
Additional investigations that indentify water damaged areas will greatly decrease your chances of mold growing within your home. Water damage tip: respond to moisture damage accordingly. Your initial response to water damage can results in a favorable turn of events and reduce the costly repairs.
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