You probably know a thing or two about mold. Who hasn’t opened the refrigerator and discovered mold growing on an old block of cheese? Perhaps your experience was with a loaf of bread that couldn’t be eaten quickly enough. You know that mold is a nuisance in the kitchen. But did you know that mold is not partial to the kitchen? It grows in many places throughout a home if the right conditions exist. Here is a list of what everyone needs to know about mold.

  1. New homes are more likely to develop a mold problem than older homes. Why? Some new and improved construction materials and techniques can make a home too airtight, creating a space where moisture cannot escape. Proper ventilation in a home reduces the amount of moisture inside. Properly ventilate your home.
  2. Mold spores are virtually everywhere and cannot be eliminated from indoor environments. The thing to remember is that in order to prevent damage, you need to prevent mold spores from growing.
  3. Mold needs several things to grow: oxygen, moisture, and organic material. Since it is not likely you will be able to remove organic material and oxygen from your home or business, you must control the moisture.
  4. Temperature, in most cases, does not impact the growth of mold. Some molds grow better in cooler temperatures while others grow better in warm or hot air.
  5. Touching or inhaling mold spores, dead or alive, can cause allergic reactions or even more severe health problems.
  6. Mold is not just green and black, there are a variety of colors, even white.
  7. Mold produces a strong, unpleasant odor through compounds known as microbial volatile organic compounds (mVOCs). This odor suggests that mold is growing somewhere in the building. Conversely, a lack of odor does not mean there is no mold.
  8. Killing mold is not enough to rid an area of the effects. The mold must be removed in a safe manner.
  9. Cleaning the area infected with mold does not guarantee the mold will not return. If the source of moisture is not removed, it is likely to return.
  10. Mold, if left unchecked, can cause structural damage to a building since mold gradually destroys the things they grow on.