Mold is very dangerous. At Orange Restoration, we like to educate our customers about the origins of mold, and to discuss the myriad ways of preventing its growth, and to remove it from your home or office once it has taken hold. To summarize mold in a single sentence: mold is a fungus that is nearly impossible to eradicate completely.
“Nearly impossible to eradicate completely,” you say? I know that’s what you’re thinking. “Okay Orange Restoration blogger, if I can’t get rid of mold completely, what effect does it have on my health? Why all the panic about mold if it’s everywhere?” Excellent question!
Since we are around mold every day and it’s nearly impossible to completely eradicate it, we need to be aware of its effects and be proactive about eliminating it. I realize that’s not what anyone wants to hear, but unfortunately, most of us end up having to live with a small amount of mold in our homes.
If you or someone in your house has asthma, any existing mold can be a real problem. Exposure to mold can exacerbate symptoms for asthma sufferers who tend to be more sensitive to the effects of mold. Mold itself isn’t the problem; however, it produces substances that potentially carry health risks. Some people may experience fever, shortness of breath, eye irritation, rashes, and stuffy nose. If you are experiencing any or all of those symptoms it could be useful to check your home for the presence of mold.
Reactions can vary by the individual. Some people have allergic reactions to mold and some people don’t. Now, that doesn’t mean you should allow it to proliferate in your house, conveniently ignoring its existence. Even though we are always exposed to mold, there is a difference between a small exposure to it and a large exposure. While a small amount might not do anything to you, a large amount can set off an allergic response in someone who is sensitive to it. And honestly, what may be a small amount to one person, can be a large amount to someone else. So it’s really important to destroy all of it growing in your home if the latter is the case.
One of the best ways to prevent mold growth is to keep the moisture levels in your home between 40 – 60%. Also, checking your home for mold or having an expert check your home on a regular basis will keep you and your family safe. Mold removal services are available 24/7.
Don’t be shy. Give us a call. We are here to help you. And no worries if we can’t find any mold, we’d rather find nothing than have you potentially suffer a negative response from finding any hidden within your home.
There is no way to completely eradicate mold from your home since it exists naturally.
From an environmental perspective, molds are eukaryotic micro-organisms that are necessary to help break down dead organic matter, i.e., dead trees, fallen leaves and dead plants. But where does mold come from?
Mold spores travel by air currents and are only visible by microscope. They float easily through the atmosphere landing haphazardly. If the environment is appropriate they will begin to grow immediately. Within a matter of days a small colony of mold can expand to become a large colony of mold enveloping a large area in your home!
Mold spores can survive environments that are poor for mold to grow, waiting for all the right conditions to occur together.
Indoors, mold spores are only a danger if they can find a wet surface to land on. Mold cannot grow without water or moisture. Moreover, mold needs a source of food (wood, paper, drywall, adhesives, pastes, paints), oxygen and a temperature between 40 – 100 degrees F. Even though mold cannot create nutrients from inorganic material (concrete,metal, glass and plastic) they can grow on any dirt/dust that may lay on these materials. Indeed, even if these materials are not damp, mold can grow if there is enough moisture in the air.
Mold is a potential danger that can never be fully eradicated.
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