Mold facts

Molds are very common not only outdoors but also in buildings and homes and will grow where there is moisture and mild temperature. The most common indoor molds are Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Alternaria. Many people are either unaware, ignorant, or in denial about the severe health hazards involved with some types of indoor household molds. There are thousands of different varieties of molds, but a only few of them are the offenders that invade our homes.

The reaction of individuals on the mold presence can vary greatly either because of the person’s sensitivity or type and amount of mold. If you are susceptible to mold and mold is seen or smelled, there is a potential health risk; therefore, no matter what type of mold is present, you should arrange for its removal. There are many mold removal contractors and they have the necessary equipment to carry out the mold removal.

Example of mold cleaning equipment

Example of mold cleaning equipment

The most dangerous mold species are: Chaetomium and Stachybotrys chartarum as they have been proven to produce demylenating mycotoxins among others, meaning they can lead to immune disease.

To prevent mold invasion in our houses, several steps should be taken, including proper ventilation, drying dump and flooded areas, repairing leaky plumbing and drying clothes and dishes immediately after washing them. Inside your house, you should also maintain a temperature of 50 – 80° F.