Mold Loves to Grow Indoors
Molds are fungi that grow naturally, as well as in structures that are built, and can be found outside on soil, foods, plants etc. Indoors, mold can be found in attics, basements, and bathrooms. It can also occur in other areas if there is a leak in the roof, leaky windows, and leaky pipes.
Live spores that act like seeds form new mold growths (colonies) when they find the right conditions and that is how they multiply at an alarming rate. Spores from mold are tiny and spread easily in air. A combination of moisture, nutrients and a suitable environment will find the growth of mold. Indoor mold growth can be arrested with excess moisture control.
Common Indoor Moisture Sources Include:
- Flooding, inadequate maintenance of building materials and systems
- Roof leaks
- Plumbing leaks
- Water overflow from tubs, sinks or toilets
- Firewood when stored inside the house
- Use of humidifier
- Poor venting of kitchen and bath humidity
- Indoor drying laundry line
- Indoor plants where constant watering generates moisture
- Water moving through basement walls and slabs
If not properly controlled mold in your home can cause health problems and destruction to interior decor and design.
Symptoms of mold
For people, the more common symptoms that are caused by indoor mold in your home are several. Here are five ways to find out:
- The most common health problems are allergy symptoms.
- Respiratory symptoms like nasal and sinus congestion, coughing, wheezing/breathing difficulties, sore throat, skin and eye irritation.
- peculiar odor like a musty smell from dark, damp, places in the house like attics, old cupboards etc.
- Where there is mold you are likely to find growth which is velvety, granular or leathery with colors like white, gray, brown, black, yellow or green.
- In some cases there is a staining or cottony growth on building surfaces and indoor furnishings.
For the home, you must first look around for signs of mold before you make a call to an expert to test for it. When health problems like allergies or respiratory disorders persist it is possible that mold is hidden somewhere in your home and hard to locate. In such cases it would be advisable to contact mold removal expert to locate the area and arrest its growth.
If you choose to hire a contractor to do the cleanup, ensure that the mold removal expert has the relevant experience. Check his references and request him to follow the recommendations in EPA’s Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings, the guidelines of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH).
A mold removal expert will conduct a mold remediation process through which he will carefully remove the mold hidden in your home and do so in manner so as to prevent further dispersal of the mold’s spores. Although some mold can be totally cleaned from bathtubs and tiles and other surfaces can be disinfected, there are materials like wood, carpeting and certain fabrics which have to be removed and replaced.
Andy Bell is an everyday learner and editor, working at Air Treatment System, a mold removal company. He is passionate about using new techniques for home improvement and home inspection. He thinks his ideas may help others to gain more knowledge so he enjoys writing blogs.