Understanding mold has truly been a challenge. Some will claim it is nothing to worry about, where others will relate the health risks and the issues it causes on the surfaces it thrives on. Today we at Disaster Services would like to relate some of the facts and prevention tips of mold.
What Conditions Do Molds Need to Grow?
Mold needs optimal conditions to grow in the home; a place where it can gather nutrients, favorable temperatures, moisture and oxygen. Found in dead organic materials, such as wood, paper, and fabrics are the nutrients mold feeds on. Additionally, mold can even thrive on the nutrients in synthetic products such as adhesive paints. There are many mold species that can collect the water from the air in humid climates, depending on the mold species, but mold needs moisture. Mold can generally grow in temperatures between 40 F and 100 F however, room temperature is preferable. Typically anything over 100 degrees is too hot for mold and temperatures below 40 degrees is too cold.
Does Mold Grow Out of Nowhere?
Mold spores are often bred and nurtured on dead matter; an example is when mold develops on a pile of leaves, which will then cause the spores to travel in a guest of wind, and likely be carried into a building from the airflow of an HVAC system or even transferred inside your home on you or a pet. These spores can then settle on prosperous area to overtake in the interior of a building. Unfortunately, the mold spores are often nestled in places within a structure that are not easily discovered until it has gotten out of control.
How Do You Know if Mold is Making You Sick?
Mold affects everyone differently and it also depends on the type of mold as well as the duration of the exposure. Those with the genetic makeup to be susceptible to allergies will typically become ill with the mold spores. Some with asthmatic tendencies might find their attacks are triggered more often. Due to the fact that it does regard everyone differently it is a safe bet to stay clear of any direct or constant contact. Most feel the effects after long term exposure, but again it depends on the sensitivity of the individual.
How Do I Prevent Mold in My Home?
To prevent mold, or minimize the potential risk of mold, start by keeping your home as dry as possible, not matter what type of climate you live in. Areas that have daily water activity should vent out. Showering or bathing, cooking or dishwasher is running, and the laundry room need to be monitored and kept as dry as possible; utilize exhaust fans as well open windows if the climate and weather permit. Additionally, ensure that gas appliances and clothes dryers are properly vented outside.
Does a Hygrometer Measure Humidity?
Invest in a hygrometer to monitor the humidity levels inside your home in the event the area has high humidity conditions. Run the air conditioner at a lower temperature or the dehumidifier if it should exceed 55% in warm weather. The humidity levels should not rise above 30% in cold weather. Immediately repair any leaky fixtures, appliances, or pipes, If your home is ever victim to flooding or other water damage, call in professional assistance promptly to avoid mold.
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Mold can be hazardous to your health. Not only that, but mold will expedite the deterioration of the materials it is consuming and the odors can become strong. If you have mold, call in the experts of Disaster Services and let our professionals remove the mold before it negatively impacts your health and home!