What is Mold?

While many people understand that mold is a problem, they may not really know what it is. You may wonder, “What does mold need to grow?” or “What are its health effects ?” You may need to find out how to test for mold in your home or how to find a mold inspector. But the first step is to answer the question: What is mold?

Mold is a fungus that is found throughout nature. It comes in several different colors, including black, green, white, and orange. It grows on wet organic material and releases spores in order to reproduce. These spores contain something known as mycotoxins. In nature, these spores are relatively harmless; there’s enough space for them to disperse without causing problems. Plus, they actually play an important role in breaking down organic material. But mold becomes a problem when it enters your building. Most buildings don’t have space for spores to disperse. As such, the mycotoxins can have a much more potent effect and can cause a number of health issues.
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What Are the Health Effects of Mold?

Many of the health effects of mold initially seem like standard allergy symptoms. You may experience problems such as a running nose, headache, sore throat, sneezing, cough, watering eyes, or shortness of breath. If you have asthma, then you may find yourself experiencing asthma attacks more often. Some of the more serious health effects of mold include respiratory infections, digestive problems, rashes, fatigue, vertigo, and even heart or lung damage. These more serious symptoms typically don’t appear until later, so it’s generally best to get a mold problem taken care of as soon as you notice some of the minor symptoms.
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What Does Mold Need to Grow?

If you want to prevent mold growth in your home, an incredibly important question to ask is, “What does it need to grow?” As covered above, there are a couple of key materials. Mold needs a solid surface to grow on, organic material (such as wood) for food, a temperature ranging from 60—90 degrees Fahrenheit, and water. While many of these factors aren’t easy to control, you can monitor your home for areas where water might be leaking. It’s important to test for mold in your home if you notice any excess water entering your home.









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When Should You Test for Mold in Your Home?

You should test for mold in your home if you notice a damp, musty smell, have unexplained allergy-like symptoms or notice staining and excess moisture in parts of your home. Look for it in dark, warm places and on organic materials, such as sofas, cardboard boxes, or stairs. However, it is often better to find an inspector to test your home. As covered above, mold reproduces by using spores. Doing an inspection yourself may accidentally cause the spores to spread to other areas of your home, which can make it that much harder to get rid of.
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How Do I Find a Mold Inspector?

If you want to find a mold inspector, you’ll likely have to do a little more than simply searching for one online. A good inspector is often willing to answer many of the questions on this list for you. That’s because they understand that your safety comes first. In addition, it helps to have several questions prepared. You’ll want to ask about things including their qualifications and certifications, what their approach to mold testing is, and how many inspections they performed over the last year.

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