Why is mold growing in my home?
Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in
nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead
trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of
tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor
and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on
surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow
without water or moisture.
Can mold cause health problems?
Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or
damp spot and begin growing. Molds have the potential to cause health problems.
Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions),
irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins).
Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in
sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such
as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Allergic
reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. Molds can also
cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In
addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of
both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. Symptoms other than the allergic
and irritant types are not commonly reported as a result of inhaling mold.
Research on mold and health effects is ongoing. This brochure provides a brief
overview; it does not describe all potential health effects related to mold
exposure. For more detailed information consult a health professional. You may
also wish to consult your state or local health department.
How do I get rid of mold?
It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold
spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust. The mold
spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and
should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors. If there is
mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem.
If you clean up the mold, but don't fix the water problem, then, most likely,
the mold problem will come back.
Above Board Drywall has the tools and know how to get the mold removed safely
from your home and get it back to its healthy condition.