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7 Common Mold Myths
We have exposed the truth about some common mold myths.
Mold Myth #1:
There Should Be No Mold In My Home
Mold spores are present everywhere both indoors and outdoors. It's in the air we breathe and there is no way to completely eliminate it.
Mold Myth #2:
Mold Serves No Purpose
Some molds are used in the production of cheese and in some medications, such as penicillin
Mold Myth #3:
Mold Exposure Will Cause Health Effects
Not everyone is affected when exposed to mold, but mold does have the potential to cause health effects. Those most affected include anyone prone to respiratory problems and anyone who is immune compromised.
Mold Myth #4:
Mold Is Always Visible
Just because you can't see mold, doesn't mean it isn't there. If you can smell a musty earth like odor, mold is likely present.
Mold Myth #5:
Bleach Will Kill Mold
Bleach will kill live mold, but it will not kill mold spores.
Mold Myth #6:
You Can Easily Identify The Type Of Mold Growing
There is between tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands different types of molds and fungi, way too many for you to able to identify a specific type.
Mold Myth #7:
You Can Clean Up A Mold Problem Yourself
Even small areas infected by mold, require a professional mold removing service.
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How to Identify Mold
Do you believe you have mold growing?
Mold is everywhere. It’s a type of fungus that grows from tiny spores that float in the air. It can grow almost anywhere that spores land and find moisture and a comfortable temperature, between 40 and 100 degrees F. Typically that includes about every damp place in your home.
You can easily spot the most visible type of mold, called mildew, which begins as tiny, usually black spots but often grows into larger colonies. It’s the black stuff you see in the grout lines in your shower, on damp walls, and outdoors on the surfaces of deck boards and painted siding, especially in damp and shady areas. A mildewed surface is often difficult to distinguish from a dirty one. To test for mildew, simply dab a few drops of household bleach on the blackened area. If it lightens after one to two minutes, you have mildew. If the area remains dark, you probably have dirt.
Mildew is a surface type of mold that won’t damage your home’s structure. But other types of mold cause rot. If the wood is soft or crumbles, the fungi have taken hold and rot has begun.
If you have a high concentration of mold, you may smell it. If you detect the typical musty odor, check for mold on damp carpets, damp walls, damp crawlspaces and wet wood under your floors, wet roof sheathing and other damp areas. Clean up these infestations right away before they get worse, and see the following photos for prevention measures on how to remove mold.
Prevent Mold From growing in your home.
Mold. The very word is enough to make a person cringe.Mold spores spread easily and cannot be completely eradicated.
Mold can grow anywhere: on carpet, clothing, food, paper, and even in places you can't see, such as the backside of drywall, areas inside walls around leaking or condensing pipes, and above ceiling tiles.
Not only is a mold problem difficult and costly to fix, but mold can also produce allergens and irritants that may compromise your health.
So what can you do if you're concerned about mold growing in your home?
The best approach is preventing mold before it becomes a problem. The key to mold prevention is simple: moisture control.
Here’s a few steps to prevent Mold from growing.
1. Dry wet areas immediately
2. Prevent moisture with proper ventilation.
3. Equip your home with mold-resistant products.
4. Monitor humidity indoors
5. Improve air flow in your home.
What is Mold?
Mold is made up of several different types of fungi that reproduce that can grow rapidly if not treated. Mold that is found in homes are traditionally a white or grayish color. It is especially common to find mold in bathrooms, which is usually green. Mold may grow in all different types of environments, but thrives in damp and warm environments.
Mold reproduces by forming microscopic spores. These spores can survive under much harsher conditions than mold. The spores move freely throughout the air until it lands on a surface that has excessive moisture on it. Once the spores land mold can begin to grow. In order for it to grow it needs to have oxygen and need to be in a space where the temperature can range from 40° to 100° Fahrenheit.
It is very important to make sure your home is mold free. If mold is present it can affect the health of you and your family. It can also damage or possibly destroy the drywall and wood in your home. If your home has mold, call SERVPRO of Upper East Side at 917-924-2260.