Mold is a natural part of the environment. Outside, mold can flourish when breaking down dead organic materials such as leaves and other vegetation. When mold finds its place inside your home….that is when you need to act. Molds reproduce by means of microscopic spores that cannot be seen by the naked eye. These spores will attach to anything that has moisture and mold will be born. Water and moisture are essential to mold growth.
Can Mold Affect Health?
While molds are constantly floating through the air, they do not have the potential to cause health concerns until they attach to a wet or moist surface and begin to grow. Molds produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, toxins. Those sensitive to allergens can have allergic reactions by inhaling or touching mold. Some people have a stronger sensitivity to molds, but exposure to mold can cause irritation to just about anyone: eyes, skin, throat, nose, and lungs may all be affected.
How to Prevent Mold
As previously mentioned, mold will attach and grow on anything that is wet or moist. If you come across mold, be sure to clean it immediately so it does not spread and deteriorate any further. Preventing mold from growing is all a matter of moisture control within your home. While mold spores are constantly floating through the air, the mold will not be able to grow if there are not wet surfaces to attach to. If there is a leak anywhere in your house, be sure to repair the leak immediately and dry the surrounding areas that became wet due to the leak. If you simply clean the mold, but fail to properly fix the water problem, then the mold will return.
How to Remove Mold
If the mold is restricted to an area smaller than 10 square feet, then you should be able to do the job yourself. However, if there is a serious mold spread larger than that or if you have a strong sensitivity to mold, then it would be wise to hire a professional who has credible experience in removing mold to come take care of the situation for you. Also, if you suspect that mold has gotten into your HVAC system (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), then do not hesitate to call a professional, and do not run your system while there is mold in it….that only means that your air will be contaminated.
Remember that you can prevent mold growth by maintaining and controlling your humidity levels and the amount of moisture in your home. If there is a leak, promptly fix it and dry the affected areas. Make sure that rooms such as the kitchen, laundry room, and bathroom are well ventilated. If there is ever a flood in your home, thoroughly clean and dry the area after the flood is taken care of. Never ignore leaking pipes, windows, or roofs. Mold will not only affect your health, it will cause great damage to your home.