What are molds? - Molds are simple, microscopic organism, present everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Molds are fungi and are needed to break down debis in the environment. For molds to grow and reproduce, they need only one organic food source material, such as leaves, wood, paper and moisture. Molds grow by digesting the organic material; they gradually destroy whatever they grow on. Mold growth on surfaces can often be seen in the form of discoloration frequently green, brown, gray and black. Molds release countless tiny, lightweight spores, which travel through the air.
Can Mold become a problem in my home? - Molds will grow and multiply whenever conditions are right; sufficient moisture is available and organic material is present. Be on the lookout in your home for sources of indoor moisture that may lead to mold growth. Some examples are, leaky roofs, sprinkler spray hitting the house, overflow of sewer & sink, steam from cooking or hot showers, plumbing leaks, humidifiers, dryer exhausting indoors. Warping floors and discoloration of walls can be indications of moisture problems. Condensation on windows or walls is also an important indication of moisture in your home, though it may be caused by an indoor combustion problem.
Should I be concerned about mold in my home? - Yes, if indoor mold contamination is extensive, it may cause very high airborne spore exposures. People exposed to high spore levels may become sensitized and develop allergies to the mold or other health problems. Mold growth can damage your personal contents such as furnishings, carpets and paintings. In time, unchecked mold growth may cause damage to the structural elements in your home.
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