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10 Intriguing Facts About Mold

Do you worry about mold growing inside of your home? Unfortunately, it’s extremely common, unsightly, and even dangerous to your health. It can hide in your framework, tiling, carpets, and drywall, and it can even grow on your skin. It’s especially harmful to infants, pets, and those with pre-existing conditions, which is why we think you should know these 10 facts.

#1 Mold Can Hide Anywhere

Just because you don’t see mold growth, it doesn’t mean you don’t have it. A strange musty odor, allergy-like symptoms, and other signs can all alert you to mold growth that’s hiding in your drywall, leaking roof, or in your crawl spaces that aren’t properly ventilated. Keeping your home clean, airy, and with a relative humidity between 30% and 50% puts you in the best position to prevent mold growth.

#2 Mold Can Cause Major Illnesses

Mold in itself can be very dangerous. Not only are most people allergic to it, meaning that mold exposure on its own can cause all sorts of symptoms, but it’s also linked to many major illnesses. The list includes miscarriages, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), multiple sclerosis,  Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS), and even cancer. Mold exposure is particularly dangerous for those with pre-existing conditions.

#3 Mold Comes In Over 10,000 Forms

Over 10,000 species of mold have been identified, though the most common boil down to a list of about 12. Plus, while you may associated mold with black spots or other common signs, they can actually come in many different colors and textures — ranging from white and stringy to dark green and velvety.

#4 Mold Can Be Categorized In 3 Ways

Out of the over 10,000 species of mold, you can fit most into 3 types: allergenic, pathogenic, or toxigenic. The first is the most common and impacts people who have allergies. The second can cause health problems much like bacterial pneumonia. The third and final is the absolute worst kind, and impacts everyone.

#5 Mold Feeds On Dead Organisms

Dead organic materials feed mold, which can mean anything from the leather of your sofa, the fabric of your bedspread, or even the wood, paper, paint, or cement that makes up your home. Tiles, carpet, and drywall can also provide food for mold, which is why humidity control is the best preventative method since food for mold is everywhere.

#6 Mold Can Grow In 48 Hours

Did you know it takes just two days for mold to begin growing? Since plenty of food is everywhere, when there’s lots of moisture present, mold spores will begin a feast and take root.

#7 Mold Isn’t Limited to Basements

While most commonly associated with areas linked to water leaks and damage, like the bathroom or basement, mold can grow anywhere that’s exposed to water — including your lawn!

#8 Mold Isn’t Easily Cleaned

A lot of home remedies will suggest using bleach to kill mold, but in truth, that will only kill the mold on the very top surface. The mold “roots” will prevail within the surface, allowing the problem to continue growing worse. Additionally, dead mold spores are just as dangerous to humans and animals. Proper mold remediation means fixing mold from the root and removing all mold spores from the air.

#9 Mold Doesn’t Like Happy Meals

Interestingly, while mold will eat through fabric, wood, and even certain metals, research has found it won’t touch a McDonald’s Happy Meal!

#10 Mold Loves Christmas Trees

A final fun fact to wrap things up, if you find yourself sneezing while decorating your fresh Christmas tree, that could be because they hold a ton of mold spores. So, those who suffer from allergies may feel best opting for a plastic tree this year.

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Summer Humidity & The Threat of Mold

Typically, you’ll find mold grows in places where humidity and water exposure are common. That’s because, when warm air enters your cold home, it leads to condensation. It’s just like when you set a cold can in the hot sun, and water droplets begin forming on the outside. So, when the summer humidity rolls around, it can lead to mold growth.

You may be able to detect mold growth on your own by looking for the common warning signs, which include:

  1. Odor: Mold growth often leads to a persistent odor that’s “stale” and/or “musty”
  2. Water: The odds that you have mold are awfully high if you have standing water, water damage, leaks, or have experienced flooding in the past. You should check for mold growth if any of these things apply.
  3. Visible Signs: If you see small white threads, clusters of black spots, or other visual signs of mold, you should have the issue inspected immediately by a professional.
  4. Health Symptoms: Even if you can’t see a mold problem, your body may be responding to mold spores in the air. A mold allergy will make you all the more sensitive and can result in sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, irritation in your nose/throat, sinus headaches, and more.

Protecting Your Home From Summer Humidity

Whether you slather on the sunscreen to head our or stay inside to enjoy the air conditioner, you know full and well how to protect yourself from the summer humidity, but what about your home? As we head into the new year, remember to always pay close attention to your home’s humidity levels. Ideally, you’ll keep it between 30% and 50% humidity.

You’ll also want to properly seal off all openings to the outside, like small cracks in your siding, venting, or other places where warm air can get in and cause condensation. Meanwhile, you’ll want to have your ventilation systems checked to ensure proper airflow, which is important for avoiding a build-up of moisture.

Ultimately, if you think that you may have a mold problem, the best thing you can do is reach out to an expert. Explore our blog to learn more about the signs and health impacts of mold or, if you’re dealing with a potential mold problem, call us directly to speak to our friendly team.

In and around Troy, NY, summer means lots of humid weather, and while we’re all happy for those sunny days, the higher humidity can lead to problems with indoor humidity and mold. This guide will help you determine if you have mold and what to do if you’re worried about a mold problem.

What Are The Warning Signs of Mold?

Typically, you’ll find mold grows in places where humidity and water exposure are common. That’s because, when warm air enters your cold home, it leads to condensation. It’s just like when you set a cold can in the hot sun, and water droplets begin forming on the outside. So, when the summer humidity rolls around, it can lead to mold growth.

You may be able to detect mold growth on your own by looking for the common warning signs, which include:

  • Odor: Mold growth often leads to a persistent odor that’s “stale” and/or “musty”
  • Water: The odds that you have mold are awfully high if you have standing water, water damage, leaks, or have experienced flooding in the past. You should check for mold growth if any of these things apply.
  • Visible Signs: If you see small white threads, clusters of black spots, or other visual signs of mold, you should have the issue inspected immediately by a professional.
  • Health Symptoms: Even if you can’t see a mold problem, your body may be responding to mold spores in the air. A mold allergy will make you all the more sensitive and can result in sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, irritation in your nose/throat, sinus headaches, and more.
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Can Mold Actually Make You Sick?

For many people, the symptoms of mold exposure are one of the first things that alerts them to a potential mold problem in their home. Without a doubt, mold can be extremely harmful to your health, and that’s why you should have a mold inspection completed promptly if you’ve experienced any of these symptoms.

Not only can mold make you sick, but it can even impact your pets’ health. So, what makes it so dangerous?

Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Before we dig into the symptoms that may alert you to mold exposure, it’s important that we state a big fact: Most people have a mold allergy. This makes the side effects of mold even more noticeable, but it also means you may pass them off as a common allergy since this can trigger symptoms like:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Skin irritation
  • Water eyes
  • Runny nose

They’re always annoying, but these symptoms can actually cause severe complications if someone is already suffering from asthma or autoimmune disorders, and they should always be taken seriously.

What Causes Mold Sickness?

For those with a mold allergy, mold exposure can trigger all of the above symptoms with varying levels of exposure or contact. However, mold is dangerous to everyone, and one of the ways in which is can make you sick is by entering your body and forming a fungal infection.

These infections can start with your skin, as your skin is a porous surface that retains moisture. However, more often, it can enter your body through your nasal cavities due to mold spores in the air that you may inhale without realizing it. In fact, the majority of sinus infections are misdiagnosed and they’re actually fungal infections as a result of mold exposure.

This makes many sinus infections seem never-ending, as doctors misdiagnose them as infections as prescribe antibiotics when they should be giving patients anti-fungal medication. 

Risk Factors to Consider

A lot of things factor into the ways in which mold can make you sick, and remember that mold exposure is dangerous to everyone. No level of mold exposure is considered “safe.” Still, you may experience worsened symptoms if:

  • You have a family history of allergies
  • You have a house with high humidity (relative indoor humidity of 50% or more)
  • You have an occupation that increases your risk of mold exposure (furniture restoration, carpentry, etc.)
  • You live in a location with excessive moisture (heavy rain, flooding, leaky pipes, etc.)

Ultimately, we’re here to help educate consumers like you so that you can understand the seriousness of mold and begin to see it as not just unsightly, but a threat to good health. Mold is a common problem in and around Troy, NY, so if you think you have a mold problem, reach out to us for a consultation.

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7 Mold Facts You Might Not Know

When it comes to mold, a lot of consumers are poorly informed. They know it can be harmful, and even deadly, and they might even know that moisture contributes to its formation, but what you might not know is just how impactful it can be — and how tough it is to actually get rid of.

#1 You’re probably allergic to mold.

Many people have a mold allergy, which is why you may sneeze, cough, or develop a rash when exposed to it. In fact, the majority of people have an allergy to mold, but even if you don’t mold is dangerous to everyone.

#2 You can’t kill mold with bleach.

So many “home remedies” tout that you can use bleach to kill mold, but this is actually entirely false. While bleach is able to kill mold on a given surface, the “roots” of the mold that have developed inside drywall, for example, will live on and continue coming back to the surface.

Meanwhile, mold will continue to spread underneath the surface and through the air via mold spores, which means your mold problem will only keep getting worse, potentially spreading from drywall to the insulation behind it or through the air to your furniture, flooring, and so on.

#3 Painting over mold won’t kill it.

Just as using bleach will only kill surface mold, using a “mold resistant” paint will not prevent or kill it. In fact, this is only a marketing ploy. In truth, painting over mold will only temporarily hide the problem while it grows bigger.

#4 Some molds can learn and remember.

Want to hear a very creepy fact? Scientists have very recently discovered a slime mold that has no brain, yet is able to learn and remember.

#5 You can grow mold on your skin.

Mold grows on porous surfaces, which is most often wood or paper. However, your skin is porous, too, and it also retains moisture. These things make it an ideal spot for mold to grow. That’s an alarming fact, but rest assured that mold growing on the skin is actually very uncommon.

#6 Mold is responsible for most sinus infections.

Did you know that the majority of sinus infections are misdiagnosed? It’s scary, but many sinus infections are actually caused by fungal infections connected to mold growth. After all, your sinuses provide a moist and dark cavity, which represents a prime environment for mold to grow.

#7 A dead mold spore isn’t harmless.

Killing mold with a “home remedy” or otherwise without using the right technique and chemicals can mean that dead mold spores will still be present in your home’s air. That’s bad news, because even dead mold spores can be as harmful as live ones when it comes to your health, particularly if you struggle with immunity problems or allergies.

Did you know any of these seven facts? If you’re interested in learning more about mold, be sure to explore our blog for more information about mold remediation in Troy, NY and the services we offer to keep your home healthy.