Finding mold present in your home can be quite alarming. While you should take comfort in the fact that mold can be safely and completely removed, it’s still important not to overlook the harm that mold can cause. If you find mold growing in your home, it’s important that you take action right away in order to ensure the safety of you and your family.
Types of Mold that can Grow in Homes
There are several types of mold that you may find in your home, and some types are more concerning than others. In fact, there are dozens of different types of mold that commonly form inside of houses. Many of these molds, such as Alternaria mold – which forms in damp areas such as the shower and sink – are prone to causing allergic reactions and respiratory conditions. Others such as the infamous, “black mold” are even more dangerous still.
Health Complications Caused by Black Mold
Stachybotrys Chartarum is a type of mold more commonly known as “black mold”. It’s also sometimes referred to as “toxic mold”, since Stachybotrys Chartarum produces and releases toxic compounds called mycotoxins. The list of symptoms and health complications caused by breathing in these toxic compounds is lengthy and includes things such as asthma, fatigue, breathing issues, sinus infections, depression, and more.
While Stachybotrys Chartarum is arguably the most dangerous type of mold to find in your home, that doesn’t mean that other types of molds should be ignored. Most molds are harmful in some form or another. The risks they pose may be a simple annoyance such as aggravating your allergies, or they may be as serious as the list of health complications listed above. Either way, though, it’s important to prevent mold from growing in your home as best you can and remove any mold that does form as soon as possible.
What Causes Mold to Grow in a House?
There’s a common myth that mold only grows in old homes. This, however, is not true. The spores that give rise to mold can appear in little time at all, and, under the right conditions, they can thrive in new and old homes alike.
In order for mold to grow in a house, several conditions must be in place. The presence of mold spores is the first condition. If mold spores do make their way into your home, they’ll need a few more conditions in order to grow. These conditions include a food source such as wood, drywall, or cotton, a dark environment, warmth, and water. Typically, all of these conditions will be present in almost every house save for the last one. If you have a water leak, though, or have high humidity in your home, you might be providing mold with the final ingredient it needs to survive.
When all of these conditions are present, it doesn’t matter if your home is new or old since mold can begin to grow in just 24-48 hours under the right conditions. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to prevent mold from growing in your home.
How to Prevent Mold
Keep in mind the five conditions that mold needs in order to grow: the presence of spores, a food source, darkness, warmth, and water. Darkness, warmth, and a food source are all conditions that are impossible to eliminate. However, the presence of spores and water sources can be mitigated.
Installing an air filter that is capable of filtering out mold spores can help ensure that no mold spores make it into your home in the first place. This is by far one of the most effective things that you can do to keep mold from growing in your home. Cutting off the mold’s water source by fixing any water leaks that might be present in your home is also an important step to prevent mold from growing.
What to do if There is Already Mold Growing in Your Home
Taking steps to prevent mold from growing in your home is certainly a great idea. However, if you already have a mold problem, these steps likely won’t be enough to eliminate it. Instead, you’ll need to have the mold in your home removed.
Removing mold can be a risky process – not only because you are working with a harmful substance but also because, if you don’t remove the mold entirely, you risk simply having it grow back. Rather than attempting to remove mold yourself, it’s strongly recommended that you contact a mold removal expert who will be able to ensure that the mold is removed from your home in a way that is completely safe as well as completely thorough.
At Abry Brothers, we’re experts at helping homeowners eliminate mold from their home. We deal with all types of mold and are dedicated to ensuring that the problem is completely eliminated on the first attempt. If you would like to learn more about our mold removal services, we invite you to contact us today.