In addition to our other services, at FastPro Restoration are experts in mold remediation.
Here are some facts and things you might not know about mold.
Some types of mold are commonly known as mildew.
Mold may live indoors or outdoors and thrives in damp warm or humid environments. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimate range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more.
Although shower stalls and basements are typical for moisture, mold can grow in any moist area in your home. Mold can become well established before we even see it or discover it.
Allergic reactions to mold are the most common side effects such as wheezing, rash watery eyes, runny nose, itchy eyes and coughing to name a few. Sometimes people can develop severe reactions to mold exposure. Symptoms of severe reactions include fever and difficulty breathing. People with compromised immune systems or those with lung disease can develop serious infections of the lungs due to molds. It is not possible to know the degree of the severity of the health risk associated with mold in the home.
The best way to prevent mold in your residence is to control the moisture. So you are probably thinking, what is mold?
Mold is various types of fungi that grow and reproduce. The term mildew is sometimes used to refer to some kinds of mold, particularly mold in the home such as in shower stall and bathrooms.
Mold can grow indoors or out and thrives in damp, warm and humid spaces. Mold can be found in any season or environment. The most common types found inside the home is stachybotrys and is sometimes referred to as black mold, sometimes it looks greenish-black. Stachybotrys grows on surfaces in your home that have high cellulose content such as wood, fiberboard, paper, dust and lint.
Mold reproduces by forming tiny spores that are not visible to the eye. Mold spores are very hardy and can survive in conditions in which mold cannot grow, such as dry and harsh environments. These spores travel through indoor and outdoor air. They land one surface where moisture is present mold can start to grow.
Outdoors mold plays a role in the decomposition of dead trees, compost and leaves. They are most common in dark damp spaces.
With that being stated where can mold be found in your home?
Although bathroom and basements are typical areas that are prone to mold growth there are several other places not as common such as drywall, ceiling tiles, carpets, furniture, ductwork, roofing, paneling, wallpaper, under sinks and around plumbing fixtures.
Mold from outdoors can travel into the home through open doors, windows and vents. It may also come attached to clothing, shoes and pets.
Mold can have different colors and sometimes appears in spots. There is a musty odor present as well.
How can you prevent mold in your home?
The best way to prevent mold in the home is to control the moisture. Although it is impossible to eliminate all mold spores in an indoor environment, the mold cannot grow in the absence of moisture, so controlling that is the key to preventing any growth.
If you suspect mold is a problem in your home or place of business, please consider FastPro Restoration for our knowledge and experience in a safe and effective mold remediation. We can start with a free estimate so call us today at 484-415-0818.