Posted on January 23, 2019
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines mold as “a superficial, often woolly growth produced especially on damp or decaying organic matter or on living organisms by a fungus.” It is a part of our world whether we like it or not. It spoils things outdoors and inside of our home. Outside, it likes to grow on things like soil, greenery, and dead things. It also loves bread, fruit, cheese, clothes, furniture, and more. Here are some facts that you need to know about mold growth, and how to prevent it from growing in your home.
Mold loves anything that contains moisture. It can enter your home when any of the following occur: water damage, tons of humidity, or prolonged dampness. It can be the result of flooding from natural disasters and broken appliances, pipes bursting, sewer backups, and any damp areas in your home. Places such as farms, greenhouses, spas and saunas, farms, and antique shops are great places for it to grow.
Can something natural be dangerous? The answer is yes. Some types of mold release toxins that can be harmful to the human body and even to pets. One of the most dangerous types is black mold. This growth can come from more complicated and extensive water damage.
Depending on the type of mold, the human body may have a reaction to it. For example, mildew is different. Yes, it’s still unwanted, but it is less harmful. More severe cases of growth can cause allergic reactions, feeling like you have the flu, and can give you trouble breathing. If you have asthma or an illness where airborne things make you sick, then it would be more dangerous for you.
Cdc.gov has a few specific recommendations on how to prevent mold growth in your home. The first one is to keep humidity levels as low as you can and monitor them throughout the day. A dehumidifier is a great tool to help control the humidity levels. Also, check to make sure your home has proper ventilation. You can buy paint for your home that helps stop mold if you live in a region that is prone to it. Another suggestion on the CDC website is not carpeting areas that have a lot of moisture, like the bathroom or basement.
Our professionals at All-Brite are great at mold removal. The first step is to do an inspection. We check to see where the moisture is coming from and if any mold has spread. The next step is to salvage the contents of your home and remove the debris. Next is the sanitation and restoration process. Step four is to do another final inspection. If you suspect any mold in your house, give All-Brite a call at (863) 382-0042.