Mold in your Home?



Molds all kinds of goodness and all kinds of badness
By JeremyJohnson - Posted on August 25th, 2009

They are grown by the millions, but the wrong kind can kill you. They can
threaten to destroy your home and even your body. Some can even have well
known hallucinogenic effects on your mind. In death Molds will consume us
all. Mold is natures great decomposer. There are fungus among us. There
are at least 100 different kinds of fungus that grow with-in us on a
regular basis. The most common types of fungus are penicillin, yeast, and
mold. Over 25,000,000 people suffer from some kind of mold related
allergic reaction based illness. Mold releases Mycotoxins and a unknown
amount will be kill people everyday.

Mold remediation is a 3 billion dollar a year business. The goal of a
remediation job is to lower the interior spore count so that it is lower
than the exterior. It is impossible to obtain a mold free environment.
Before mold remediation begins it is important to have a mold inspector on
site to investigate the area of concern. Once the inspector confirms the
presence of mold, he will take samples and send them to the lab for cross
contamination evaluation as well as identification.

While the spore is the molds means of transportation it is also its main
reproductive body, similar to a plants seed. From a spore, a hypha or a
branch grows, a collective of the hyphe known as a mycelia is the molds
root system. The part of the mold visible to the naked eye. The mycelia
emits enzymes to break down its food, which in residential cases is a wall
or kitchen cabinet. More spores more mold. Many people fear the notorious
black mold. In fact many types of molds are black and even the numerous
types of colorful molds are equally dangerous. Like a snake when
threatened some molds will only release their toxins when they feel that
the mold is in danger.

Mold needs two ingredients to thrive, nutrients and moisture. Moisture can
be found in basements and bathrooms where humidity levels often rise above
the 40%-60% acceptable level. The faster an area is dried the less likely
it is that you'll have mold growth. Even bathroom mildew carries the same
risks as any other mold growth, but is usually easier to clean. When
cleaning mold..DONT USE BLEACH. The first step is to locate the issue and
repair it. The second step is to dry the effected areas and kill the
growth to ensure that it will not come back. The third and final step is
to clean the area with any household cleaner besides bleach. Not all
molds are dangerous in fact scientists are developing ways to use fungus
to attack the common household termite. The only way you'll know for sure
is to call a licensed mold inspector to determine the species and spore
count that occupies your home.


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