Mold is notorious for causing respiratory problems in adults, children, and pets. For that reason alone, you should do your part to make sure that mold spores don’t spread and grow in your home. The result could be disastrous for all those involved. Mold even has the ability of significantly damaging your home.
What is Mold?
Mold is a form of fungi that lives outdoors and indoors. Outdoors, it plays a crucial role in decomposition. It helps break down dead matter and return nutrients to the soil so new plant life and trees can grow.
Indoors, mold can wreak havoc on a home by feeding on cloth and wood. It can spread all over a home if not treated properly. Mold exposure can cause a myriad of health problems so it’s very important to remove mold as quickly as you discover it.
If you or a family member has had trouble breathing, headaches or tightness in the chest, it is very important to remove the mold immediately. Childhood asthma and breathing problems are common in infants that have been exposed to mold for indefinite amounts of time.
How Do I Test for Mold?
You should avoid any DIY mold test kit like those offered at home depot and online. If you have a problem serious enough that it warrants testing, a certified mold inspector is the best thing to use. Unlike the test kits, the samples they perform identify not only the species and quantity present.
Testing for mold can help you prevent respiratory problems as well for you and your family. Childhood asthma and mold go hand in hand. Black mold, the most serious form you can find indoors, can cause headaches, asthma, and even other more serious diseases. It should be approached with caution.
How Do I Prevent Mold?
Preventing mold takes effort. Mold spores enter the home through windows and doors and through the soil tracked in from the bottom of shoes. It can grow on houseplants and food as well. There are a number of different things you can do, however, to keep mold from growing out of control.
Here are a few for you to consider:
- Keep things ventilated.
- Fix leaks and dry up any standing water.
- Use paint that prevents the growth of mold.
- Rotate perishables and eat all leftovers quickly.
- Use a dehumidifier, fans, and air conditioning to keep humidity at 50% or lower throughout the day.
Paying attention to areas of the home that could be breeding grounds for mold will help you keep it from growing and spreading throughout your property. Follow the tips listed above to eliminate mold in your house.
Is There a Way to Clean Mold?
Mold can be cleaned off non porous materials like tile, glass, and metals. On the other hand, porous materials like drywall and wood may need to be discarded and replaced with new building material. If you are unsure of whether or not your situation can be cleaned simply or requires a professional, we suggest hiring an independent certified mold inspector to complete an assessment.