How much do you know about mold? The myths and facts.
There are lots of misconceptions regarding mold. Mold is something to be concerned about, the following may help you to understand mold a little better.
Toxic Mold-"Black Mold"
Many varieties of mold appear black in color. All colors of mold can be a concern to people with a sensitivity to mold.
Bleach Kills Mold
When bleach is applied to mold it may appear to remove the mold, but it is only temporary. Bleach is water based, the chlorine in bleach evaporates much more quickly than the water, which can actually then be giving the mold one element it needs to thrive...moisture.
Mold has not been proven to be a health concern
Mold indoors or outdoors can cause people with sensitivity to mold to have allergic type reactions.
Mold is everywhere and can be a problem in any climate
Mold needs three things to thrive: Moisture, a food source, and appropriate temperature. Molds prefer temperature ranges that are the same as what people prefer. Any temperature controlled home whether in the desert or your home here in Elkhart can provide an environment for mold to grow.
Mold affects every person differently
As with any allergy-producing substances, each person reacts differently to mold. Certain people may have a stronger sensitivity to than others.
A clean or new home does not mean mold can't or won't be a problem
Some new homes actually have a better chance to have mold issues, than some older homes. This is due in large part to modern building materials. Which can provide a food source for mold. Drywall is a much more absorbent material than the plaster used in older homes and can be a good host for mold.
Mold needs three things to thrive: Moisture, a food source, and the correct temperature. Obvious signs of moisture can allow mold growth such as broken pipes or plumbing fixtures, roof leaks, or foundation issues. There are sometimes moisture issues present from things you may not think of or can see. Condensation in attics and basements, poor ventilation in bathrooms or even leaks from the siding of a home can allow moisture to accumulate in a home.
There are several ways mold can affect you or your families health. Some people are senstitive to mold, which can lead to nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritations. Some people with serious allergies to mold can have a more severe reaction to mold exposure, including fever and shortness of breath. People with chronic lung disorders may be more affected by mold, and can possibly develop lung infections.
If you have visible mold or suspect there is a mold problem in your Elkhart home. The best thing you can do is contact the appropriate professionals for air quality testing and also for remediation.
SERVPRO of North Elkhart County can help you with your remediation needs. Call us to set up an appointment today.
For more helpful information on mold and its health-related concerns visit: The CDC's website at https://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm