When it comes to mold, it’s important to know a thing or two about the how it happens and how you can prevent it from happening. After all, indoor mold can be extremely dangerous to your health and the health of your family, friends, and pets. Rather than breathe in toxic spores on a daily basis, you can take a proactive stance against mold by preventing it from ever growing in your home.
Where Does Mold Come From?
There are a number of different places where mold can come from. Although it is hard to detect all of them, some of the biggest culprits include:
- Excess Humidity
- Water Intrusion
- Organic Nutrients
Mold can grows naturally all around us, both indoors and outdoors. Without even knowing it we breathe in mold spores on a daily basis. Breathing in low levels of non-toxic mold spores is usually harmless. However, when the proper conditions allow it to thrive indoors it is a different story.
Symptoms of Mold Exposure
Mold can cause asthma and asthma-like conditions in you and your family. Anyone can experience these symptoms, but some are more sensitive to these types of things than others. Young children and infants can have difficulty breathing if exposed to mold. For this reason, if you are in charge of a property, you should never take complaints lightly. Just because you are not suffering does not mean the other’s are not warranted. If you ever come across a situation in your home like water damage, having your home tested is especially important if you have little ones around.
Mold Testing Can Help
If you think that your home or business may have a mold problem, hiring a certified mold inspector is a good first step to take. They will have the experience to evaluate the home and knowledge to offer recommendations on what should or should not be done to fix it. They’ll be able to perform mold testing to get a clear picture of the state of your indoor air quality. Unlike do it yourself test kits, air and surface sampling will show what species of mold is present and how much of it. If you do choose to hire someone for testing, make sure they are not affiliated with a mold removal company to avoid a conflict of interest.
Cleaning Up Mold
You can use a commercial mold or mildew product or you can use a solution of bleach or soap and water when it is simply mold growth on a non porous surface like metal or tile. For more serious issues where an indoor air quality problem is in fact present, we recommend having a professional come in and provide testing. An inspector should provide detailed steps for mold removal whenever their testing finds a problem to exist.
Whenever mold has started to grow on porous materials like drywall and wood the steps for cleaning up the mold become much different. In cases like this that usually cause indoor air quality problems, it is highly recommended that a professional restoration company be used to treat the problems. They’ll have the knowledge and equipment to remove the problem safely and effectively.