We live in a society where people are more conscientious about the pollutants and chemicals in their environment. However, many people remain unaware that one of the most dangerous contaminations can come from mold. If you aren’t already fighting a battle to rid mold from your home, the invasion may already be complete. You can’t take mold for granted. Here are four things about indoor and outdoor mold that homeowners should know.
Mold Health Impacts
No one likes seeing mold in their home, but the problem is far more serious than the diminished beauty of the house. There are many health effects associated with mold exposure, such as allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints. Some people are susceptible to mold spores and can suffer severe reactions. Mold exposure is also harmful to people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease. People with a compromised immune system also risk severe infections in their lungs when they are exposed to mold. There are other potentially worse health effects linked to mold exposure, but the evidence is less conclusive. The effects that are known for sure are enough to justify periodic mold inspections and any efforts needed to remove mold contamination.
Mold and Your Home
Mold is a very simple form of life, but it’s also very resilient. It doesn’t take much for mold to grow and it can thrive in a variety of situations. Mold is found both indoors and outdoors, which is why it’s vital for a homeowner to take steps to prevent the growth of mold. Microscopic mold spores can enter your house via your clothing, bags, pets, and even the breeze. Once inside, mold spores can spread through open doorways, windows, vents, and climate control systems.
Just as there are a lot of ways for mold spores to get inside your home, there are also many hidden places where it can thrive. Any moisture-rich location can become a welcoming home for mold. Common mold contamination sites include the areas around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes. Paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products are among the most common places to see mold growth. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.
Preventing Mold in Your Home
Because it is so prevalent in nature, it is a constant battle for homeowners to prevent mold from forming. All it takes is a dark and damp area, and mold spores will find a way to grow. Reducing the indoor humidity to between 30 and 60 percent can decrease mold growth. Homeowners can reduce the indoor humidity with some simple trips like increasing the ventilation in the home. Venting steamy air from bathrooms, dryers, stoves, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside will significantly reduce the potential for mold contamination in the house. Running your air conditioner or using a dehumidifier will also lower the indoor humidity.
Why Mold Inspections are Necessary
Mold is one of those things where there is always more than meets the eye. For every spot of mold contamination you can see, there are spots that haven’t grown enough for you to notice. These spots will eventually become visible mold growth, and they can still affect your health in the meantime. A mold inspection can detect mold at lower levels than can be identified by an unaided visual scan. Even if you’ve have had mold remediation done in the past, a routine inspection is needed to prevent new growth. There will always be mold spores in the outdoor environment, and they will find their way into your home. An inspection prevents mold contamination from growing out of control
If you have any questions related to mold inspection and cleaning, Restored Air can help. We have years of experience in cleaning mold in the South Carolina area. Send us a message if you would like to schedule a consultation or get a quote.