Everything You Need to Know About Mold
What is Mold?
Mold is a plant-like fungus that survives by breaking down or decaying organic matter such as dead plants, leaves or dead animals. Mold is often found in moist, warm conditions, as it requires water and temperatures of 40-100 degrees Fahrenheit to grow. Mold grows by releasing tiny “spores”, which are tiny hair-like seeds that attach themselves to surfaces. Mold spores can spread very quickly and survive almost any environment, which can make them tough to eliminate. Mold is often green, black, and blue, depending on its nutrient source and colony age. Stachybotrys chartarum is commonly referred to as black mold, and can be particularly toxic to one’s health.
Where is Mold Found?
Mold can be found both indoors and outdoors. Indoors, mold is typically found in humid, damp rooms, most commonly the basement and attic. Outdoors, anywhere there is decaying organic matter, there is likely mold present.
How Can Mold Be Harmful?
Mold can be harmful to one’s health in a variety of ways. It can cause sinus and nasal congestion, eye irritation, respiratory problems, and trigger allergies. Mold can also cause serious structural damage to your home if left untreated over a prolonged period of time.
What Does Mold Removal and Remediation Entail?
Before mold can be removed from one’s home, a mold professional must identify the areas in which mold is present, as well as the type(s) and amount of mold. The mold removal professional must also identify any hidden mold, which for homeowners, might not be easily identifiable. Mold often hides under carpets and walls, drywall, pipes, and furniture. Mold removal professionals must also inspect water sources and ventilation units to ensure the mold does not to continue to harm homeowners after it is removed. The mold removal strategy depends on the amount and type of mold present. Since mold is essentially everywhere, mold remediation entails getting mold back to normal, healthy levels, at which it will not harm homeowners.
What Should I Do if I Have Mold in my Home?
If you believe you have mold in your home, contact BGS Environmental to have a mold removal professional inspect your home.