Mold In The House



Moldy leaves
Why is mold growing in my home? 
Fundamentally, mold is a perfectly natural part of our outside environment, helping to break down things like dead trees and old leaves. Indoors, however, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny invisible spores that float through the air. When a mold spore lands on a surface that is wet or moist, that's when the growing begins. No molds can grow without water or moisture. 

Are there health risks? 
Molds produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. Allergic reactions to mold are common. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. If you have any health concerns regarding mold, make sure to contact your doctor. 

How do I get rid of mold? 
Since some molds are found floating around the air and in house dust, it is virtually impossible to get rid of all the mold in your home. Indoor mold growth should be prevented by controlling moisture inside the home. If you discover mold in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem. If you clean up the mold, but don't fix the water problem, chances are the mold problem will come back. To clean mold off hard surfaces use water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles that are moldy should be replaced. 

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