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Mold in your home
Though mold is naturally occurring both indoors and out, discovering its presence is no less disconcerting. Mold can have disastrous health and structural effects when left unaddressed. It can cause allergies and symptoms in healthy people and worsen symptoms of those with pre-existing conditions, like asthma. Mold can also begin to deteriorate building materials like drywall and insulation, if left unaddressed for longer periods of time. There’s also the unsightly vision of mold growth and its accompanying familiar odor. If you suspect or have discovered mold growth in your home or business, the experts at Kill Mold can perform your mold remediation with minimal downtime and complete results.
Mold is a natural fungus that can range in color and requires moisture to survive. It can grow on virtually any surface or material including wood, paper, carpet and food. They reproduce by spores throughout the air which causes mold growth. The most important thing to determine is the water source that is feeding the mold. This can be attributed to a leaking pipe, poor ventilation, condensation, humidifiers or lack of maintenance. When left to develop, mold can have harmful health effects on those without and with existing conditions, like asthma.
The Most Common Types Of Mold Found In Homes
Mold can manifest in a variety of colors and textures and can be found both indoors and outdoors. Though it is not uncommon to discover mold in the home, its presence is still unwanted and if left to develop for a long enough time, can cause health to decline significantly. To thrive, mold requires a water source, usually from a leak. Leaks tend to be hidden behind walls or ceilings giving mold the dangerous capability of being able to spread discreetly until it becomes more noticeable by sight or smell. By this time, the mold infestation can be substantial and require mold remediation or restoration.
There are 3 general categories of mold: allergenic, pathogenic and toxic. Allergenic molds are not likely to cause illness but can cause allergic reactions in those that are allergic to mold and trigger asthmatic reactions. Pathogenic molds can cause infections in those allergic to mold and those that are not allergic. This kind of mold is more dangerous to those with underdeveloped or compromised immune systems, like children and the elderly. Toxic molds are the most threatening because they produce mycotoxins, which are poisonous to humans.
Known for its long flask shaped spore patterns, aspergillus has 185 different species and can form thick layers on walls as it creates long chains of growth. It is an allergenic mold but has pathogenic and toxic species of severity. Toxic aspergillus produces aflatoxins, a carcinogen. The most common allergy symptom is lung inflammation, respiratory infection and asthma attacks.
Cladosporium can grow in warm and cool environments making carpet, upholstery, wood flooring and cabinetry ideal places for it to grow. It is typically olive green or brown in color and has a suede-like texture that can cause breathing and respiratory difficulties as well as skin infections.
The most notoriously common stachybotrys chartarum is better known as black mold. This toxic mold grows best in damp, humid conditions and is known to grow on wood, paper, cardboard and paper. Its texture is slimy and is dark green or black in color. Exposure to this mold can cause chest tightness, fever, nose bleeds and pulmonary bleeding in children and infants.
This allergenic mold flourishes in damp areas, like bathrooms. Showers, bathtubs and sinks are common areas of growth. Alternaria is velvet textured with dark green or brown hairs and is a direct result of water damage. Allergic reactions resemble asthma-like symptoms in the upper respiratory tract, nose and mouth.
The best way to prevent mold from becoming a much larger problem in your home is by conducting mold testing if you believe there may be mold present. Since its visibility can be low, mold testing is a sure way to know whether mold is an issue and how severe.