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Hold The Mushrooms!

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

Mushrooms in the wall Mushrooms in the wall.

They say you are never too old to learn something new.  

Today I learned that mushrooms will grow behind a wall if the atmosphere is right. As our technicians were working on a house with mold. As per the protocol, they were cutting out part of the wall and found white mushrooms growing. I had never heard of anything like this before, and of course had to do a little research. 

Mushrooms are fungal spores. They are tiny single celled organisms in the air, clothing, window screens, plants and other places. If you have mushrooms in your bathroom then your bathroom has to much humidity, heat and probably poor lighting. This is the perfect storm for conditions for mushrooms to grow. These conditions support single celled organisms to come together, begin germinating, and form mushrooms.  

Mushrooms can grow in your bathroom and can be white, dark green and black masses in different shapes and sizes. 

Mushrooms grow in the areas of the bathroom with the most moisture, often around the drain, bathroom walls, floor corners and grouted areas. 

Mushrooms are a type of mold and must be removed  

All types of molds including fungi like mushrooms flourish where there is water for growth. Mushrooms grow typically between 77-86 degrees. Bathrooms are usually warm and have a lot of moisture from taking long hot showers or have a heater running or low lighting. 

There are many kinds of mushrooms that can grow in the bathroom. While most of them can be harmless, some are dangerous when inhaled or ingested. Most often mushrooms do not pose a significant risk to health.  

Mold loves the same environment as mushrooms. If you see mold or mushrooms, give SERVPRO of White Plains a call!  

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