Mold spores in the air! Mold is everywhere! Or so it seems. There are a lot of stories about mold spores, mold damage and mold toxicity these days. But what’s the real deal about mold? Here is the best information you need about mold spores.
First of all, what is mold?
Mold is a fungus that is present everywhere, especially in nature. It has a purpose in the global scheme of things in that it helps to break down natural organic materials.
How does mold proliferate?
Mold spores, which are too small to see, are released by mold and become airborne. When they burst, they find a hospitable environment and they begin to colonize, grow and spread on these surfaces.
What do mold spores need to survive?
Not much. The ideal environment for mold spores is a warm, moist area. This includes many areas in the typical home including the kitchen, bathrooms, basements and garages. Mold spores can grow on carpet, curtains, upholstered furniture, paper, cardboard, inside ductwork, on and under wallpaper, on and under drywall, on clothing and on wood. In areas of your home that have had flooding, standing water or water damage, mold spore proliferation is nearly guaranteed.
Why is mold dangerous?
Mold spores travel through the air and collect on clothes and shoes and the belongings in your home. When you come in contact with them they can cause reactions that vary depending on the person. The most common reactions to mold spores include:
- Stuffy, runny nose
- Allergic reactions including asthma
- Eye irritation and redness
- Skin irritation and rashes
- Respiratory inflammation
- Respiratory distress and difficulty breathing
Mold is a part of life, but mold spores in your home can’t be left to grow at will. Mold spores are dangerous to your home and your health and must be treated and removed by a professional to prevent further damage, growth and contamination.
Do you know, or at least suspect, that you have mold spores present in your home? Don’t wait for mold spores to make you sick. Contact your Smyrna, GA Can-Restore immediately and schedule an appointment with one of our professionals today.