Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.
WHAT IS MOLD?
Mold is considered a sub-group of the Fungi Kingdom
it is a fungus that grows in wet and humid places,
some types of mold are commonly known as mildew.
Mold is a non-scientific term for many types of fungi - unwanted,
unappealing patches of black, brown, yellow, pink, green, smelly, fuzzy growths.
Countless species of mold are found both indoors and outdoors.
Mold are asexual fungi that produce spores that are extremely small and can be airborne
Present on carpet, air we breathe, basements, walls, ceiling, kitchen, water heater,
crawl space and any moist area in the household may harbor mold.
HEALTH EFFECT OF MOLD!
Exposure to moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects
Allergic reaction AND infections = by far the most common, inhalation of spores or touching
Whether you're allergic to mold exposure can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, coughing, wheezing, or skin irritation, including shortness of breath.
In addition to people with allergies and asthma, others who may be more sensitive to the effects of mold include:
Infants and children
People with chronic lung disease
WHERE DO MOLD GROW?
Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, your walls, floors, appliances, or furniture – they can all provide the food mold needs to grow. But the thing all molds need most is moisture, so you're most likely to see mold in damp places such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, and crawl spaces.
REASONS TO DO MOLD TEST!
Home buyers are well advised to invest in both a home inspection and mold inspection before purchasing a home, particularly if there is any indication that there are potential moisture issues.
The problem with mold is that it can be hidden under baseboards, beneath carpet, and under a new paint job.
AmPm Restoration inspector will look for visual problems with the home, signs that conditions exist to encourage mold growth:
1. Water stains
2. Heavy smell of mildew
4. Leaky roof.
5. Human sensitivity: itchy eyes, burning sensation on skin, coughing.