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Mold Facts Most People Don’t Know About

We know that mold is an indicator that food has gone bad or a sign of water damage and excess moisture in the home. In this blog, we will be elaborating on mold facts that most people don’t know about. 

Mold Is Everywhere

Microscopic mold spores are found both inside and outside, yet they are invisible to the naked eye. Spores can get into your house in the following ways: via open windows, entrances, ventilation systems, and through the air. They can also attach themselves to people or pets. 

Mold Comes in Many Different Colors

Mold may come in a variety of colors. Mold formation can be brown, purple, orange, pink, yellow, red, white, or a combination of colors. However, most mold growth is black, gray, or greenish. 

Mold color is affected by its low exposure to light, food supply, and moisture levels. The color of the mold has no bearing on its toxicity. Black mold does not always produce mycotoxins and the same can be said for any other type of mold growth. 

Mold Is Usually Classified as Allergenic or Toxic

Mold species can be classified into 2 groups. Allergenic means that it’s unlikely to cause disease, but it can aggravate mild allergies or cause asthma. Toxic indicates any mold that is toxic to all living beings who breathe it in. 

Mold Grows Fast

Mold may sprout and thrive in as little as 24 hours after coming into contact with any source of moisture if the conditions are right. Mold spores can colonize very quickly, some doing it in as little as 36 hours. 

Mold might become noticeable in 18-21 days. Mold has a higher probability of spreading the longer it’s exposed to dampness.

Mold Thrives in Warm Temperatures 

Mold grows best in temperatures ranging from 77 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit, especially when there is a lot of humidity in the air. However, mold cannot survive in extreme temperatures above 100 degrees or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Black Mold Isn’t as Common as You’d Think

Stachybotrys chartarum, commonly known as black mold, is surprisingly rare. A long-term moisture problem is the most common source of this thick, dense, black mold. Toxic mold also thrives in homes that have been vacant for several months.

Mold Affects People in Different Ways

Mold can be harmful to one’s health, especially if someone has an allergy, a respiratory condition, or a weaker immune system.

Mold produces allergens and irritants and has the ability to release spores, cells, fragments, and unstable chemical substances into the air as it develops. Allergens, irritants, and mycotoxins can all be formed by spores which can be harmful and cause allergic reactions.

Whether you are allergic to mold or not allergic to it, mold can irritate and affect anybody in different ways. 

Mold Is Usually an Indicator That You Have a Bigger Problem

Mold in your home indicates that a far more severe issue is generating the extra moisture. If left unattended, those problems will allow mold to return, even if it has been adequately cleaned. 

Furthermore, those problems will also result in more significant structural damage, rotting, extra leaking, and even the possibility of attracting vermin. That is why it’s crucial to have a professional come to your home to do a proper mold inspection to determine the root cause of the mold. 

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Construction and Mold Remodeling is one of the top mold remediation companies serving Atlanta, Georgia. If your property needs mold removal, call us at (470)-696-1393 or fill out this online form for a free quote today.

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