A Brief Guide to Mold

Of the many dangers to your home, mold should be at or near the top of the list. From causing health risks to those who live inside to damaging the home itself, mold identification and prevention should be a top priority.

What is Mold?

Mold is a living organism or fungi that exists in almost every part of the world. It has a dust-like appearance and is normally green in color but can be of different colors. The appearance and color of mold is due to its spores, which disperse along the winds.

Outdoors, mold is relatively harmless aside from causing allergies. Because of the wind and changing weather conditions, mold rarely gets a chance to stick to surfaces and grow. But when mold reaches indoor areas that are moist and humid, then the spores can adhere to surfaces such as wood and grow rapidly.

Health Issues Associated with Mold

The health risks associated with mold are primarily three causes: irritation, allergic reactions, and infections. 

Allergic reactions are the most common. Sneezing, red eyes, runny nose, and skin rashes may be associated with exposure to mold. 

Congestion, sore throat, and headaches are caused by mold irritating the lining of the sinus cavity. While in rare cases, mold may cause infections to those with lung conditions or compromised immune systems.

How to Prevent Mold?

The prevention of mold in your home starts with sealing up all openings. Small cracks in the roof, around windows and doors, or the walls themselves may allow mold into areas that are warm and humid.

However, the key is the humidity itself. By keeping your home at a relative humidity of 30% to 50%, you can stop the mold from growing before it gets started. This must include areas of the home near the water heater, hot pipes, and the like. 

Improving air flow can also prevent mold from growing as it lowers humidity levels. Having proper ventilation throughout the home can dry out wet or moist areas which reduces the potential for mold growth.

Be sure to repair all leaks, clean gutters, and eliminate areas of clutter where mold spores can find a foothold.

How to Rid Your Home of Mold?

If you discover mold in your home, getting rid of it starts with the nature of the invasion itself. For mold that is contained, such as what you might find in the kitchen or bathroom, you can use natural products to kill and remove the mold. Just remember to wear rubber gloves and a mask.

  • Vinegar: Undiluted in a spray bottle
  • Bleach: One cup of bleach in one gallon of water
  • Ammonia: 50/50 solution with water

If you discover an extensive invasion of mold, then you will need to call a professional company that has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to rid your home of mold. The longer you wait, the more extensive damage the mold may cause.

The health risks of mold are considerable, but the damage mold can do to your home presents the greater danger. Proper prevention can help save you from the considerable cost of mold removal. By taking the proper steps, you can greatly reduce the chances of mold from forming in your home.

Contact Brickley Environmental Today

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental includes the following.

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal
  • Demolition
  • Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.