What is mold?
Water is the fundamental building block for life. It is refreshing. It is cleansing. It can even be recreational. However, it can also be very destructive and harmful. In a blink of an eye, it can turn a dream home into a life altering nightmare. Flooding, storm damage, poor construction and plumbing issues can be both a financial and physical disaster in the making. The perfect example of an unwanted gift that keeps on giving.
Let’s put aside the obvious issues like structural damage or damage to belongings. Let’s fast forward to when the waters have receded. Water damage and excess moisture in a home can become the perfect environment for mold to thrive. Therefore, for the next few weeks we will be covering all you need to know about mold…. What it is, risks to your health, symptoms and ways to prevent and treat.
So let’s get started! What is mold?
Mold is a fungi and has a very specific job in our environment. Its’ primary role is to help organic matter decompose outdoors such as dead trees, leaves, and compost; it is a terrific ally for nature. Mold can be found in damp, dark or areas of decomposing plant life. It grows in filaments and reproduces by forming airborne spores. As long as it stays outside there is no harm, no foul. However, when mold spores find themselves introduced indoors by means of open doors, open windows, during construction and by hitchhiking a ride on people, animals, clothing, shoes or bags, then significant problems can occur. These tiny spores are not visible to the human eye, but lie in wait for their moment. When spores in the air find themselves in an area where moisture is present, mold grows.Tiny and troublesome to say the least. They are survivors and can even dwell in conditions in which mold should not be able to grow like dry or harsh environments. Mold prefers areas of dampness, warmth or humidity. Yet, it can and does exist in any environment or season. However, mold spore numbers are usually elevated during the spring and fall. They are more likely to be abundant during the night and when weather conditions are damp, foggy or rainy and have a musty, earthy odor.
Continue to follow our blog to learn more about mold and the damaging effects it can have on your home and your health!