Mold is an eyesore and a homeowner’s worst nightmare. However, there is much more you should know about mold because once you understand what it is, you will be better able to prevent its growth.
To begin, here are some basic facts about mold:
- Molds are fungi.
- Molds grow on plants, wood, fabric, soil, food, drywall, floors and ceilings.
- Molds produce microscopic spores that germinate where moisture has accumulated.
- Mold growth threatens the structural integrity of a building.
- Mold exposure can lead to serious health problems.
If you want to ensure a healthy living environment, it’s important to know the common causes of mold and repair them sooner rather than later. And when in doubt, contact the mold experts at Mold Busters.
Where to look for mold
In this section, you’ll learn about the most common places for mold growth in and around the home.
Generally speaking, mold grows on bathroom grout, water-damaged walls, and wet or damp carpets and as well as around tubs, sinks and windows.
But sometimes mold can hide behind walls, underneath floorboards and in air conditioners, so make sure to check all of these areas thoroughly.
At Mold Busters, we use infrared cameras, moisture metres, air sampling pumps and other top-of-the-line inspection equipment to check your home from top to bottom and in the most hard-to-reach spaces.
Don’t hesitate to contact us—we’re Ottawa and Montreal’s mold removal experts.
Health effects of mold
The presence of mold spores in an indoor environment is a big concern given that mold exposure has been linked to disease in plants, animals and humans.
No two reactions to mold will be the same. Both the extent of exposure and your level of sensitivity influence how you react.
It’s important to know the health effects and symptoms of mold exposure so that they are neither ignored nor mistaken for another ailment.
It’s always better to prevent mold rather than deal with its effects. And because mold prevention is not as complex as mold removal, homeowners, business owners and tenants can all take preventative steps to avoid serious property damage and health complications due to mold.
Just some of the ways you can prevent mold are ensuring moisture control, proper ventilation, air exchange and cleanliness.
Examine areas you wouldn’t normally pay attention to while cleaning your home, and always stay updated on the latest mold prevention strategies.
Why test for mold?
Sometimes odours, stains and discoloration that you think are the results of mold can, in fact, be caused by smoke, dirt and debris, minerals or insects. Other times, symptoms you attribute to the common cold are actually caused by exposure to mold.
If you suspect that you have a mold problem, a mold test is the only way to get reliable answers to your worries. Only after professional testing will you be able to confirm the presence of mold and to move forward with remediation, which is absolutely crucial.
Remember, it’s not mold until it’s tested, so contact the mold experts at Mold Busters today to book your appointment!