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Mold FAQ

Mold on Ceiling

What is Mold?

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. There are an estimated tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more kinds of mold in existence, including common indoor molds like Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria and Aspergillus. They usually grow in warm, damp and humid conditions. They spread and reproduce through spores that can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.

How Does Mold Affect People?

People who are sensitive to mold contamination can experience nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing or skin irritation. Reactions can be more severe for those who have serious mold allergies and may include fever and shortness of breath. Mold can infect the lungs of people who have chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease. Workers who are exposed to large amounts of molds in occupational settings, such as farmers working around moldy hay, may experience severe reactions to mold.

Gentleman Sick with Mold Contamination

Over the years, researchers have discovered links between indoor mold exposure and upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. There are also links between mold exposure and the development of asthma and other respiratory illnesses in otherwise healthy children.

How Can I Tell if I Have a Mold Problem?

Do you notice a musty odor in your home, especially in areas that are susceptible to moisture and water damage?

Do you see slightly fuzzy, discolored, or slimy patches on walls, cabinets and other surfaces that increase in size as they grow?

Do you see signs of water staining or warping, especially in your bathroom, on window moldings, on the seal of your refrigerator door or on surfaces around your air conditioner?

If you said “yes” to one or more of these questions, you most likely have a mold infestation in your home. You might need to look behind and underneath carpets, wallpaper, cabinets, walls and other surfaces to truly find the source of the problem. But once you find instances of mold contamination, you need to deal with it right away before it causes further damage.

What Can I Do to Prevent Mold Growth?

Mold thrives and grows on surfaces that have sufficient moisture. In order to keep mold from growing, you’ll need to identify and control moisture and water problems on surfaces throughout your home, including:

  • Roof leaks
  • Indoor plumbing leaks
  • Outdoor drainage problems
  • Damp basements and crawl spaces
  • Steam from the bathroom or kitchen
  • Condensation on cool surfaces
  • Humidifiers
  • Wet clothes drying inside the home
  • A clothes dryer venting indoors
  • Poor or improper ventilation of heating and cooking appliances
  • Flooding
Humidifier
Outdoor Drainage Problems
  • Roof leaks
  • Indoor plumbing leaks
  • Outdoor drainage problems
  • Damp basements and crawl spaces
  • Steam from the bathroom or kitchen
  • Condensation on cool surfaces
  • Humidifiers
  • Wet clothes drying inside the home
  • A clothes dryer venting indoors
  • Poor or improper ventilation of heating and cooking appliances
  • Flooding
Humidifier
Outdoor Drainage Problems

Superior Mold Solutions can help you treat areas of your home that are susceptible to high levels of moisture and potential mold growth by spraying down problem areas with Enviro-MT, which kills mold and keeps it from growing on any surface.

If you’d like to learn more about mold or how to get rid of mold in your home, call 607-226-2816.