Mold are fungi that grow in complex colonies called hyphae: these are the black mold, mildew, and basement mold spots we find in our homes and other built environments. These colonies spread and reproduce through tiny spores that can travel long distances in the air and on host surfaces.
Because mold spores travel to widely and so easily, mold is practically everywhere. This is both fortunate and unfortunate for us humans. In the natural environment, mold serves an essential purpose, without which life as we know it would not survive for long. Mold breaks down leaves, plants, and other materials to be recycled into the nutrient stream. Unfortunately for us, when mold enters the home, it attempts to perform these same functions: breaking dow and breaking up the wood, walls, and widgets that we've carefully brought into the hope in hopes of having them around for years to come.
Mold spores are so easily carried from place to place that practically every surface and every room in our homes have some mold present. It is practically a futile effort for the average person to exclude mold spores from the buildings where they live and work. Stopping mold colonies from growing from those spores, however, can be accomplished. Armed with the right know-how and a non-toxic surface treatment or two, the conditions under which mold flourishes can be eliminated. surface moisture, especially, is a key factor for mold grown.
Why does mold matter?
The health risks caused by molds are significant. Many people will have symptoms such as irritation and allergic reactions when confronted with the odors and chemicals released by mold colonies and spores, both dead and alive. Occasionally there are cases of serious long-term health consequences caused by mold exposure. Attacks of asthma are an issue for those who are sensitive to mold as well. Straightforward inflammatory reactions such as congestion, sneezing, and red eyes and skin can result either immediately or somewhat after exposure to mold.
Additionally, certain specific types of mold contain highly toxic substances that can cause more serious effects. There are frequent reports of immune system and neurological damage due to chronic or serious mold exposure. Information in the links below provide further reading about the potential risks to humans and homes.
Black mold is dangerous to health. Headaches, fatigue, breathing problems, sinus problems and more can cause big problems when mold spores take hold, especially for children, sick people, and the elderly. We also think that certain common molds can cause serious long-term health problems.
Black mold won't just wreck your health, it can also wreck your home or property. Property values and unsellability are major risks that you run if you let mold into your life. Over $18 billion in claims were filed with insurance companies in one year alone (2001). Mold is such a big problem for insurers that lobbies have succeeded in getting mold claims, including black mold, excluded from insurance coverage in most states. Future articles coming down the pipeline include detail on each of the four steps of mold remediation and prevention.
A complete resource on black mold
, basementmold.org is edited by Eric Scheider. Complete info is there on mold and mildew
prevention and remediation.
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