Mold remains a hot topic in both home contracting and in health care. Only in the last decade have we learned to regard some forms of mold as deadly poisons that can cause serious damage to health.
If you suspect its presence, you need to conduct some form of mold testing.
What Causes Mold to Grow
Though tenacious once established, mold requires a specific combination of environmental conditions in which to grow.
Mold cannot grow when exposed to ultraviolet light. It also cannot tolerate freezing temperatures and dry environments. It will grow in dark areas with moisture and the presence of food, which for mold includes wood paper, cotton, drywall, or other common materials.
Moisture and the presence of mold spores serve as the main catalysts for growth.
When Mold Testing Is Necessary
One of the surest signs that you may have unwelcome mold growth comes when you discover that water has run into an area where it shouldn’t. Leaks from your roof, basement walls, pipes, and other sources can inject moisture into an area. If the moisture interacts with mold spores and their favorite foods, you will likely see mold growth.
This can happen within 24 hours of the start of a leak. Areas with naturally high humidity and warm temperatures can see mold develop without leaks.
Other symptoms of mold include, but are not limited to:
- Paint bubbling on walls
- House smells of mold, dankness, or rot
- Moisture or condensation where none should be
- You or others in the home exhibit signs of mold-related allergies or illnesses
- Rotting wood in floor or ceiling
- Visible mold growth or blooms
If you notice any of these signs, make sure to check out of the way areas, such as behind appliances and sinks, drywall, studs, and other areas where mold could grow.
If your home has experienced flooding of any kind, your home will likely develop a mold problem shortly thereafter. In certain situations, FEMA can help to pay for mold testing and remediation.
How to Test For Mold
Unless you find the mold growth, which may not be possible, you will want to test for it. You can purchase home test kits for less than $50, then pay an independent laboratory up to $70 to run it.
That said, the federal Environmental Protection Agency does not recommend any home testing kits. Officials from the EPA urge you to reach out instead to a professional mold specialist.
Our clients trust our eco-friendly approach, which relies solely on materials recommended by the EPA and USDA for safe mold removal.
Which Common Molds Threaten Health
Mold by itself poses no threat to health. In fact, some molds, such as penicillin, kill bacteria that cause human infections. As some molds run through their life cycle, however, they produce chemicals that can cause dangerous reactions from the human respiratory system and other parts of the body. These toxins attach themselves to dust in the air and find their way into the body during breathing.
Dangerous molds come in the following forms:
- Allergenic- can cause allergies in some people
- Pathogenic - can cause illnesses in people with depleted immune systems
- Toxigenic- poisonous to all who come in contact
The worst villain of all is Stachybotrys chartarum, the infamous “black mold.” Its spores suppress the function of the human immune system, leaving those affected less able to fight off disease.
After detecting the presence of mold, you should take basic precautions, such as wearing a mask, clothing that covers the body, and, if necessary, protective eyewear.
Your next step should be to reach out to Green Clean Restoration LLC. Call to get a free estimate for mold testing and removal throughout the Charm City area.
Make sure that your home remains healthy and free of mold contamination with Green Clean Restoration LLC.