The existence of mold in the home can lead to serious health concerns. As a result the business of residential mold removal has become one of importance to everyone but especially to those who are more susceptible to mold including children, pregnant women, the elderly, asthmatics and those with respiratory problems or compromised immune systems. This article will discuss what mold is and how it reproduces as well as why residential mold removal is so important. Additionally, we will also provide tips for preventing the formulation and spread of mold in the home.
What is Mold?
Before understanding why residential mold removal is so important the reader must first understand what mold is and how it can be harmful. This section will provide a functional definition of mold and the subsequent section will discuss the potentially harmful effects of exposure to mold.
Conditions which are warm and damp are ideal for the formation of mold. Mold is a microscopic organism which reproduces through spores. The spores can grow into new organisms rapidly. This reproductive process results in the production of bacteria, fungi and algae.
These spores can be airborne for indefinite periods of time and may be attracted to damp surfaces. The spores may settle on any damp surface and begin rapidly reproducing. When this happens there is a need for residential mold removal.
Why Residential Mold Removal is Important
Residential mold removal is so important because studies have shown mold spores in the home can result in serious health concerns for those living in the home or for those who spend a great deal of time in the home. The symptoms of exposure to mold vary from mild to severe depending on the individual’s current health condition and sensitivity to mold. Some of the symptoms of mold exposure may include:
- Nasal stuffiness
Shortness of breath
Mold infections of the lungs
Tips for Preventing Mold
We have already discussed the serious health concerns which can be exacerbated by regular exposure to molds. Here were will provide a few basic tips for preventing mold in the home. Molds thrive in moist environments so many of these tips revolve around either controlling the moisture in the home or taking preventative measures against mold accumulation. Following these tips can be helpful and may prevent the need for residential mold removal in the future. To help prevent the accumulation of mold in the home, follow these simple tips:
- Keep humidity levels to between 40% and 60%
Use an air conditioner or dehumidifier when necessary
Use exhaust fans in showers and kitchens to keep the home ventilated
Before painting, treat the paint with mold inhibitors
Use cleaning products with mold killing agents in bathrooms or other moist environments
Do not place carpets in bathrooms, basements or other moist environments
Replace carpets or upholstered furniture if they become soaked
Another important tip for preventing the need for residential mold removal is to not only thoroughly clean areas where mold is found but to also determine the cause of the mold. Once the cause of the mold is determined it is important to remedy the situation in order to prevent the mold from reoccurring. One common example of a problem which encourages mold formation is leaking plumbing. Without remedying the source problem the mold will likely return even after it has been thoroughly cleaned.