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Straight Facts About Mold
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Many people have questions about mold. What is it? Is it dangerous? It is in my home? Mold occurs in nature, and there are thousands of different varieties. Not all of these are dangerous. In fact, most types are not. Consider bleu cheese for example. We eat this mold on purpose. Other types of mold can cause health problems.
In San Diego, as well as in many parts of the U.S., Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus are four of the most common types of indoor mold. Some individuals are naturally more sensitive to certain types of mold than others. Mold exposure can be particularly problematic to these individuals. Many of the symptoms of exposure resemble that of other allergies - sneezing, congestion, wheezing, and skin irritation are all possible. Severe reactions such as fever or shortness of breath are also possible.

Where Is Mold Found?

Mold can be found both inside and outside of the home. There is no specific season for mold, as it can form and grow throughout the year. Warm and damp conditions will accelerate growth. Areas inside the home in which humidity levels are high will be the most prone to having mold develop. Outside the home, mold can be found in darker, damp areas, often being found on leaves that are in the process of decomposing.

Decreasing Mold Exposure

Individuals who are not overly sensitive to mold should experience no problems when being exposed to mold outside the home. Those who are sensitive should avoid areas in which compost is present, should not venture into wooded areas, and should avoid coming in contact with cut grass. Home humidity levels should be kept at 60% or less in order to thwart mold growth. Proper ventilation systems can help you accomplish this.
Water leaks and other moisture problems are the most common cause of mold formation. Should you notice moisture gathering anywhere in your home, action needs to be taken. It is possible to remove mold from hard surfaces on your own. Mold removing products, or a simple mix of bleach and water can be used to remove the mold. Do wear protective gloves and eye wear, and do open all windows in the area in order to allow fresh air to come in. For serious mold problems, professional mold removal services are recommended.

Mold Control and Prevention 

There are actions that you can take to prevent mold from becoming problematic in your home. These include:
  • Controlling humidity levels in the home
  • Use fans to ensure proper ventilation
  • Use mold killing cleaning products
  • Do not place carpet in rooms that are subject to higher moisture levels
  • When painting, add a mold inhibiting product to the paint prior to application
  • Remove any carpet or materials that get soaked from the home
Should you be concerned about what types of mold are present in your home, and at what level they are present, schedule a mold inspection. Mold testing and inspection will provide you with the answers you seek, and can help you determine whether or not action needs to be taken in order to control mold inside your home.

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Darin Redding
Written on Sunday, 23 March 2008 18:45 by Darin Redding

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