Mold can grow in your home if there is a lot of moisture and it stays there long. Mold usually grows on the walls, ceilings, and floors of homes that don’t handle moisture well. Mold grows most often in basements, on the walls of showers, and window sills. Mold and mildew are most likely the same things. Mildew describes small mold problems in the house, like mold on the grout between shower tiles. Mold can look different ways, but neither its shape nor color is enough to tell what kind it is. But it often shows up in different shades of black, white, green, and blue, as well as in many different combinations of these colors.
Do molds pose health hazards?
If allowed to grow, some molds can become very dangerous to people. Mold can give babies, the elderly, and people with respiratory diseases or weak immune systems asthma, allergic reactions, and other breathing problems.
What are the different types of molds?
Here are some different kinds of mold you should know about.
Black mold is often found in homes with too much damage to the wallboard and other surfaces. People often talk about how “toxic” this mold is, but the mold itself is not dangerous. Depending on the type of mold, it may produce mycotoxins that are harmful to people and animals. “Use extreme caution” should be a rule of thumb when getting rid of mold, especially when it is common.
White mold is often found on walls and other surfaces in cold and damp places, like basements and other buildings. Some people mistake efflorescence for efflorescence, a mineral deposit that forms when water leaks through foundation walls and other masonry surfaces. Spraying it with water will let you know if it is mold or not. If it breaks up, it’s probably a mineral deposit. If it doesn’t, it’s probably white mold.
Blue mold is a common color of mold that can grow in most parts of the house, like on the ceilings and walls of the bathroom. This mold might grow best in places with a lot of moisture, like on walls after long, steamy showers.
Like blue mold, green mold is often found in damp places like the walls and corners of showers. As with most molds, you can get rid of green mold by cleaning it with a bleach solution or simply calling mold removal services.
Why hire a professional for mold eradication?
Getting rid of mold quickly will help lessen the health risks to the family. Also, if you clean mold yourself, you and your family may be exposed to other pollutants. A damage restoration company have the gear they need to keep themselves safe when working with mold. You can also save your home and your things since mold can destroy both buildings and things you own.
Most mold growth can be stopped by controlling the amount of moisture in the air. The worst infestations usually happen in damp crawl spaces, attics, walls where water has leaked in from the outside, and basements where the foundation doesn’t drain well enough. Mold can be stopped most effectively by fixing leaks, ensuring attics have enough ventilation, keeping crawl spaces dry, and directing water away from the foundation.