Every house and every environment has mold spores. It becomes an issue when the concentration of mold spores in a home is greater than what is found outside. Mold needs three conditions to thrive… 1) an ideal temperature 2) a source of food and 3) moisture. The temperature in most houses is almost always ideal for mold growth. We have all seen a mold patch or two in the bathroom. Do you enjoy blue cheese, and how about bread mold after a week in the pantry. So let’s realize even if we can’t see it, mold is in the air we breathe and the food we eat. There is no getting rid of it. Mold can only be controlled. Knowledge is power so let us give you a few pointers on how to manage the mold in your home…
What is Mold?
Mold is a fungus. Mold is often used interchangeably with the word mildew. They are the generic terms that describe a variety of microorganisms, including fungi, algae, rusts, yeasts, and bacteria, that are agents of deterioration. They produce irregular stains that can permanently damage an object. And can make you sick.
What Does Mold Feed On?
Mold grows on materials it can digest and use to spread. Consequently, it may grow on any organic material. Substances from wood and paper products to dust containing dead skin cells provide organic ‘food’ for mold. Mold grows on and digests some synthetic materials like paints, adhesives, and textiles and even on our food. Mold gets to work way before it becomes large enough to see . That means it is deep into the surface and cutting out the visible moldy bits does not kill the entire plant.
What are Mold Spores?
Mold procreated using seed-like units called spores. A single mold can produce hundreds of thousands of spores. Molds thrive on moisture and reproduce by means of tiny, lightweight spores that travel through the air. You’re exposed to mold every day. When the airborne spores land on a damp spot in your home, they can start to grow.
Good and Bad Mold
Not all mold is bad. Some mold strains are used to produce antibiotic penicillin which has saved over 200 million lives. Some mild is edible and makes some of the world’s greatest cheeses. Mold also makes citric acid, a popular preservative and flavor additive. However, be aware of the types of mold that can be detrimental to human health…
- Black Mold Sometimes Called Toxic Mold – Can cause severe health problems because it releases mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are toxic substances that a fungus produces. These can make moldy food potentially toxic and even interfere with our cognitive abilities.
- Cladosporium Mold – Cladosporium is a common mold that may affect your health. It can cause allergies and asthma in some people. In very rare cases, it can cause infections. Symptoms of mold exposure may include headache, sore throat, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and fatigue. In those with asthma, asthma attacks can occur. In those with impaired immune systems, serious infection can occur.
- Aspergillus Flavus – In human beings, flavus spores cause aspergillosis. This is an infection that mainly attacks the respiratory system, but can also affect the eyes and ear canals. People with weak immune systems are the most and easily affected group.
- Neurotoxin Penitrem – This mold grows on a variety of different crops and foodstuffs including cereals, nuts, spices, dried fruits, apples and coffee beans, and even some cheeses often under warm and humid conditions. This is why you shouldn’t eat moldy food without knowing what mold strains it contains.
As long as we ensure that the mold in our homes is at an optimal level, we have nothing to worry about. Very toxic mold strains need to be present in a high concentration in the environment to seriously endanger human health. The best way to control mold growth is to hire a professional service to inspect your home or commercial property. If you have some water damage or suspect some mold issues in your home better safe than sorry to hire a professional to check your home. An undetected mold infection of your home can be very expensive and detrimental to you and your family’s health.
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