Understanding the house Nuisance that is Mold
Published by: houseremediationhaven August 14, 2019
Even after paying for the mold remediation costs to deal with our mold problem at home, some of us might not even give a second thought on what mold actually is, it comes from, and how it spreads. Aside from being a nuisance to a beautiful home, mold in itself is a very mysterious life form with somewhat interesting qualities.
Mold is Fungi
Ang fungi is an organism that has plant-like qualities; but unlike plants that have chlorophyll that helps them turn water, nutrients, and sunlight into energy, fungi feed on organic compounds that are mostly dead. This is why we experience molding of food, wood or cement walls.
Mold is in the Air
Although mold can be seen on surfaces, it does not spread from the roots like how most people think. Unlike plants, they do not have seeds and don’t require pollinators to help spread them. Mold and most other fungi spread through spores. These spores are spread into the air in the millions. That is why when canvassing for different mold remediation cost, don’t believe companies that promise to eliminate molds 100% because it is virtually impossible—even the air you are breathing right now may have spores.
Three things that Helps Mold Grow
Mold needs 3 ingredients to be able to propagate. The spores need moisture to germinate, that is why you seem to see mold form around the house during the rainy season. Next, it will need food, and as we previously mentioned, this could be any organic compound. Lastly, mold needs a certain temperature to be able to thrive. Different species of mold can survive in different temperatures. That is why even if some food are refrigerated, mold may still grow on them.
Not all molds are created equal and thus their effects on our health vary as well. Some forms of molds are even part of the food we eat like in blue cheese. Most refrigerator mold are generally harmless but may potentially irritate our stomachs when eaten. Then there are molds that produce toxins such as the black mold (Strachybotrys chartum). Being exposed to their toxins for prolonged periods could result to breathing exasperation, eye and skin irritation, lung complications, fever, and when left untreated, could also cause death.
Not only are mold unsightly to what is supposed to be a spotless living space; they also pose genuine health threats that is why mold remediation is now and has always been an important routine for your home no matter the cost. Mold is an interesting organism, but because they pose a threat to us, they should have no place in our homes.