What is Mold?
Mold is a fungus that reproduces by creating small spores that work like seeds forming new mold growths when they find the right conditions. Every home has mold spores of all kinds in the air, black mold, stachybotrys chartrum, and penicillium to name a few. So, “what is mold?”; is a common question
What is Mold, Mildew & Allergens
Mold, mildew and allergens are present in most places, outdoors and indoors. Like all living things, mold requires a food source and a water source. Uncontrolled water, moisture and humidity can allow mold to take a foothold in your home.
The 3 most common places in the home to find mold
The most common places that people discover mold in their homes are:
- The attic. The attic gets moisture from nail pops on the roof and roof leaks. The attic can also retain moisture if not properly ventilated. Because mold in the attic can spread quickly it is important for you to check the attic on a regular basis.
- The bathroom. The bathroom has moisture in it from the sink, toilet, tub and shower.You should have an exhaust fan in the bathroom that vents directly to the outside not into the attic. If you don’t have an exhaust fan you should open the window when engaging in activities that produce moisture.
- The basement. The basement can get moisture through the foundation in the form of actual water leaking or water vapor. In the Summer humidity from the warm air is also a concern because the cool basement floor and walls attract moisture.
What does mold smell like?
Trust your senses, the nose knows all. If something smells funny or bad there is a reason for it. The nose knows. That musty basement smell is a giveaway that something is wrong. If you think you have a mold problem…you probably do. Mold spores and bacteria cultures that form on wet surfaces can expose serious health problems to you and your family. The elderly, those with allergies and those with weak immune systems are vulnerable to a variety of illnesses due to mold spores and bacteria caused by a damp basement.
What does mold look like?
Some common signs of mold in a home include the discoloration of surfaces. Mold can cause surfaces to change color to white, green, or black. It is important to pay attention to these warning signs since molds produce allergens.
With mold, what you can see is only the tip of the iceberg. 10% of Mold you see… 90% of Mold is microscopic. Most of the suspended airborne particles are too small to see; yet small enough to be respired (breathed into the lungs) which causes damage to your home, sickness and disease in people and pets. These invisible particles are a serious health risk concern.