How does mold grow is a common question people ask about mold, especially when they suddenly fear they may be faced with infestation by a mold colony. You’re probably not going to like the answers, but these are details you need to know. Knowing them, you can plan accordingly. First, understand that mold needs two things to thrive. Moisture and cellulose. The bad news is the moisture can enter your home in any number of ways, but the two most common are plumbing problems (busted or leaking … [Read more...]
Why is Mold Growing in My Home and How Did it Get Here?
Once you discover, or suspect, that mold is growing in your home you may wonder how and why it got there. Does it mean your home is substandard? Did you do something to cause the problem? Was there anything you could have done to prevent it? What do you do now? Does Mold Discriminate? Are We Dirty? Mold doesn't care how much your home costs and whether it's old or new. While mold may be quite prevalent in older or substandard housing due to leaks and older materials, under the right … [Read more...]
Financial Concerns Regarding Mold Damage
Over time, moisture and mold damage can cause serious financial problems for homeowners and employers. Mold is very damaging to property appearance and structure. Because mold produces spores that spread easily through the air, it is difficult to control. Property that has become contaminated must be treated and the cause of moisture must be corrected. If damage is severe, property may be untreatable and must be destroyed. The cost of mold treatment and remediation can vary widely. Depending … [Read more...]
Dampness, Mold and Odor: Should I Be Concerned About My Health?
Should I Be Concerned About My Health? Dampness alone in a home can be harmful to the occupants health, even if mold is not yet present. According to a 2007 study, there was an increase in health problems in homes that had dampness problems, mold, or mold odor: 52% increase in upper respiratory tract symptoms 50% increase in cough 44% increase in wheeze 50% increase in active asthma problems 33% increase in asthma problems in those with history 30% increase in new development of … [Read more...]
Indoor Mold: The Invisible Enemy
You breathe in...you breathe out. Breathing clean and healthy air is something most people take for granted. However, sometimes the very air that sustains life can be harmful. Even air that seems clean, without odors or signs of impurity, can be misleading. Mold and other airborne particles can be microscopic and invisible to the naked eye. And, what you can't see may be what harms you. Even though mold can take on different forms and colors, everyone knows what it looks like when they see … [Read more...]