You’ve likely seen mold whether growing inside of your home, or garage, or growing in the natural elements. Mold is actually a fungus. Though it’s not something you want to see inside your home, this fungus does actually serve a purpose in its natural home. Mold can actually help to breakdown what is no longer a nutrient to the Earth be it the soil, plants, food matter and more. Did you know that mold produces a series of microscopic cells called spores? These spores are generally invisible to the naked eye but can spread through the air and landing where new mold will grow.
If the ingredients for mold spores are present, and are not watched, mold will not only grow, but spread. Moisture, a surface to grow on, and nutrients are the perfect grounds for new mold spores.
It’s very important to take the effort and measurements necessary to keep your home free of mold. Keeping it dry is key as mold cannot grow without moisture.
If mold does begin to grow in your home, the spores can spread and new mold will grow. As the spores spread, the fungus will also travel through the air. Breathing the mold spores in, coming in contact with it on the skin, or even swallowing the spores can have an adverse effect on health.
Researchers have found it difficult to determine the extent of the health risks associated with the exposure because different variable play a role such as location, person and length of exposure.
Generally, as the body is exposed to mold spores, it will react much in the same way that it would if you were experiencing a bad case of allergies. You can expect sinus congestion, itchy watery eyes, possible wheezing or difficulty breathing, coughing, sore throat and possible sinus or respiratory infections.
As with most respiratory symptoms, certain people will experience a more extreme case. Infants and children, elderly, those with existing respiratory conditions, and those with weakened immune systems can be affected greater than others.
In addition, some mold types can produce what is called mycotoxins, or chemical compounds. These toxins might cause health issues, although it’s important that note that any mold that is growing indoors can carry health risks.
First, thing first – check your home for any signs of mold growth. You will want to look for the green color (though this can vary-see below), weakened spaces, and smell for the odor. Mold tends to have a musty smell and most people can pick up in it quickly.
Once you have gone through mold testing with a professional, the next step is to remove the mold from the home. The below six steps are key to efficiently do so:
Roof & Plumbing Leaks
Firewood Kept Indoors
Lack of Proper Ventilation
To make sure your home is adequately dry, aim to keep the humidity of your home between 20 and 40% in the winter months and less than 60% in other seasons.