Most people if not all, have already encountered mold in one place or another. Whenever there is a decaying matter or a dump surface you are likely to witness mold growth. In fact, the mold is responsible for the decaying of all the organic matter. Some people may claim not to have seen or come across mold and perhaps the reason for these claims is that some of them do not know what mold is or have no clue how mold appears. For their sake; a Mold is a kind of fungus that grows in moist areas and has colors ranging from blue-green, bluish, yellowish, grayish, and black and white. This diversity is as a result of the different species of mold. The mold is responsible for the decay of organic materials and can even grow stored food making the food toxic and in-consumable.
By now you should have noticed that mold thrives well in moist areas. Another aspect about the mold that you should now is that mold reproduces through microscopic spores that can be easily blown by the wind or moving air. The combination of these two characteristics of mold increases the chances of mold entering and developing in our homes. Mold can easily enter our houses through the doors, windows and even on our clothing. On entry, the mold finds moist places in the house where they settle and thrive forming a colony. Due their microscopic nature, we only notice Mold in our houses after they form colonies. Mold will grow on anything organic especially items made of wood and on any food not refrigerated.
Some people are oblivious to a recurring mold growth in their houses and see it as an ordinary occurrence. The truth of the matter is that Mold presence in your house can cause long-term health complications that are at times irreversible. The mere fact that mold can grow on the food you consume and make it toxic should raise concerns on how to permanently eliminate the mold growth in the house. Prevention of mold growth is not as easy as cleaning it up. You first have to understand how mold grows so as to eliminate the problem from its roots. The main reason people fail to contact a mold remediation company is because they simply clean a patch of mold and do not bother finding out the source of the mold. That is why we always have recurring cases of mold in our homes.
Mold only start causing problems in our homes when they get concentrated and form colonies. Naturally the concentration of mold is prevented by the constant movement of atmospheric air. This is why mold does not cause any problems outside of the house. From this explanation, we get to understand that good ventilation is essential for preventing concentration of the mold spores in the house. You should also find the moisture source that enables the mold to thrive. Moisture sources in homes may range from a leaking roof, a wet basement, underneath a toilet tank, and an ever wet bathroom. These are only a few sources of moisture that can attract mold development in the house. You should identify all these sources of moisture and eliminate them by drying these places. Cleaning up the mold is very vital to ensure that you destroy the colony preventing them from reproducing. Prevention of the mold involves following the above steps and later ensuring that you continue monitoring the situation until you are completely confident that the mold problem is gone.
There are a variety of mold killers available in the market and can be easily acquired from your local retailer. When cleaning mold, you have to ensure that you protect yourself by wearing protective clothing such as gloves and goggles. These prevent you from inhaling the fumes and also protect you from the mold spores that may be harmful to your health. To clean an infected area such as a wall or a sink you first spray the cleaner, scrub and then wipe using a rag. These process stirs up the spores which may circulate then land in another area. For this reason, you should always ensure that you that you set up a containment that prevents the spores from flying around and eventually affecting other areas. A containment primarily involves using plastic sheets to create a compartment that will secure the flying spores. A filter or a fan is used to reduce pressure inside the containment in relation to the outside and in the process the spores tend to circulate inside the containment rather than move away. After the cleaning, you should ensure that you change into other clothes to prevent spreading the mold. Mold spores attach themselves to the clothes and hence the reason for the change. All the cleaned materials should be put in garbage bags which should be completely sealed.
Ensuring that your house is free of mold is beneficial since it will ensure that you lead a healthy peaceful life. Ignoring mold can lead to health complications such as migraine headaches and even severe allergic reactions leading to colds and flues. As the saying goes ‘prevention is better than cure’ always take the time to get rid of the mold before they cause you such problems.