Mold is not something anyone would like to deal with. If it manifests in your home or business it can be devastating to your health and expedite the deterioration of the structure. Mold can be handled in the hands of skilled experts that have experience and training. The biggest problem is that mold will generally thrive in the dark, where people are unaware of it for a time. Many people have questions concerning mold, and we at Disaster Services would like to answer the most common of the frequently asked questions.
What Should I Do I Suspect Mold in My House & Other FAQ
Q: Can I prevent mold growth?
A: Excessive moisture or condensation buildup should be primarily controlled. Proper ventilation and control with the humidity levels can help prevent mold. To prevent mold from taking root, even if a mold spore is brought inside, keep every nook of your home or business clean and dry.
Q: Are mold spores really that toxic?
A: Prolonged exposure to mold has been linked to some ill effects because the mold spores produce metabolites or mycotoxins and in contained environments it is capable of tripling the helical glucan. However, studies and research is still being performed to determine the extent of mold impacting the health.
Q: How concerned should I be if I find mold in my home or business?
A: Mildew in the shower that can be easily treated with household cleaners is not a major concern when mold is found in the home in small quantities. A major outbreak of mold can be a health risk and ruin materials in the structure; if found, have your physician examine you and contact a professional to tend to the structure.
Q: What health problems does mold cause?
A: Many people have allergic reactions to mold that produce typical allergy symptoms. Those with asthma can experience frequent attacks and flu-like symptoms to some can be produced.
Q: Are there people more susceptible to the negative effects of mold?
A: Those with weak immune systems along with those with respiratory problems including asthma and allergy issues as well as infants, children, elderly, and pregnant women are more susceptible.
Q: What are the optimal conditions for mold?
A: Mold can easily thrive with a few variables that include the following:
– Time: Mold can grow rapidly in as less as 24 hours to 10 days under the right conditions.
– Temperature: Temperatures just above freezing and as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit is adequate for mold to grow, however temperatures ranging from 70 degrees to 90 degrees Fahrenheit are preferable.
– Stagnant air: Mold has a better opportunity to flourish with insufficient air circulation and ventilation that increase moisture buildup.
– Moisture: Humidity in roughly 50% or higher is optimal; water intrusion caused by flooding, leaking or dripping pipes or faucets can create the humidity needed.
– Food: Mold will feed on a variety of elements such as paper, leather, and wood. Drywall is a primary example of a food source where paper coating offers the mold spores the perfect sustenance. Mold can even thrive in dirt or dust if need be.
Q: How does mold even get into the house?
A: Mold is naturally found outdoors, but with varying circumstances it can be introduced inside. A few examples include the following:
– Severe storms that flood your home as well as any overflowing waters sources that spill inside can distribute mold spores.
– Damaged roof components; shingles, ice dams, or even blocked gutters causing roof leaks can be the source of mold.
– Malfunctioning appliances, sewer backups, and leaking pipes can be the culprit
– Basements or crawl spaces continually dampened due to a high water volume or poorly managed rainwater drainage.
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