Mold: The Lurking Fungus

What is mold?

Mold. Often called Mildew, is caused by fungi. Mold is everywhere, inside buildings, houses and outdoors. They spread by spores that travel through the air. Molds sole purpose is to help break down organic matter. There are more than 100,000 species of mold worldwide. Mold is most commonly found where there is dampness, high humidity or decay. The common indoor hideout for mold is in basements and bathrooms.

Can mold affect your health?

If you are a healthy individual without allergies or asthma then generally mold doesn't pose a threat to your health. But unfortunately, many of us do suffer from allergies & asthma and are the ones that are most likely to react to mold. Some common symptoms are eye irritation, congestion, cough and runny nose, with some molds they can cause fatigue, difficult concentration and you may show signs of depression.

How can I tell if mold is in my home?

Mold has a musty odor, its appearance is often black, fuzzy, powdery or spotty.

How should mold be cleaned?

Mold cleanup should be exercised with caution. If you have allergies then it is best to have someone else help with the cleanup. Make a cleaning solution using 10% household bleach & water. Pour onto a sponge or rag and directly wipe affected area(s). Dispose of any rags or sponges used to clean the mold. Wear disposable gloves as well and wash hands thoroughly after handling any items that have mold on it.

Prevention

To prevent mold from returning, use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture.

Make sure there is good air circulation (using a fan to circulate the air proves helpful). Dusting on a regular basis helps to eliminate any source of food for the mold. Repair any cracked walls, leaky pipes or any other source of disrepair that allows water or excess moisture to be in the home.

What kind of materials does mold tend to effect?

Molds can develop on the following under high heat conditions and high humidity:

leather
food
cloth
paper
cotton
wood
dust
starch
adhesives

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