Why You Should Be More Concerned About Mold: Part 1
Mold is arguably one of the most underestimated elements of toxic exposure in the home. It can emerge on your walls, on the floor, or even on the ceiling, making it a threat that can come from just about any angle. Even worse, because mold can come in various colors while creeping at a slow enough pace to be barely perceptible, most mold can occur in the home almost entirely undetected!
So, in today’s blog, we’re going to take a look at the type, causes, and effects of mold on your home and the steps that you can take to prevent yourself from the dangers of long-term exposure.
This blog is a two-parter, so be sure to check out the second installment later this week!
Know Your Enemy
While mold comes in a near-infinite number of variations, ultimately, you only have to worry about a handful of significant kinds that commonly occur. These are:
Allergenic: These molds can produce allergies and allergic reactions after long-term exposure. These can vary from rashes and sneezing to asthma attacks for those with respiratory issues.
Pathogenic: These molds can exacerbate the health problems already present in persons with acute illnesses. For example, if you have a virus of some kind, these molds can make even simple colds much more dangerous.
Toxigenic: These molds produce a toxic substance that can spread as they release spores into the air. This can lead to health complications and even deadly illnesses themselves and should be eradicated as quickly as possible.
The most common and potentially deadliest of the typical household molds is the infamous “black mold” or Stachybotrys. This mold can develop in bathrooms, attics, and basements, or anywhere with wet spots. This mold can cause symptoms of difficulty breathing, fatigue, and even depression. In addition, long-term exposure to black mold can lead to further issues such as headaches and chronic coughing, leading to potentially deadly results if left unchecked.
While knowing what types of mold is out there and how it can hurt your family, knowing your mold is only half the battle. What you want to know is how to prevent it from ever occurring in your home, to begin with. To do that, you need to know what causes mold to grow in the first place.
Poor Ventilation: Mold loves a still environment where the moisture of its surroundings can stay undisturbed long enough for it to grow in. As a result, rooms with poor ventilation can be the easiest place for mold to grow in.
Plumbing Errors: Having leaking pipes in your walls can be a haven for mold to grow, with plenty of room for the spores to spread and more than enough water to supply its expansion.
Roofing and Ceilings: If you live in a home with a lot of weather changes, then your home will have a mold problem coming from above as well. Rain and snow can create pockets of moisture to build in your home, allowing mold to creep in overtime.
If you haven’t noticed a general theme to what we’ve been talking about here, then we’ll tell you now. Mold loves moisture, so having a home with spots that always stay damp is an excellent way to grow mold in your home. As a result, try keeping moisture to a minimum and fresh air a constant.
Stay tuned for part 2 of our blogs on mold, where we talk about the best methods and practices for eliminating mold while preventing it from growing again.