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HAZARDS OF MOLD

At Vent Doctor, we provide high-quality mold removal services when mold growth goes undetected and spreads throughout a home. We are committed to ensuring your home is safe and providing you with the tools and knowledge to avoid mold growth in the future. Mold can cause a wide range of health issues, damages to your home, and other problems. Mold can grow in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and other regions of a home that have excess moisture. As mold can cause an array of problems, it's important to understand the hazards of mold, so you can take steps to prevent it from growing. Vent Doctor strives to act as a resource for home and business owners in the region. Below, we breakdown mold, the different varieties, the hazards mold can present, who are most at risk, and how to prevent mold. 

 

What is mold? 

 

Molds are organisms that grow both indoors and outdoors. They are a type of fungus, and when outside, they are crucial to the ecosystem but inside can cause a wide range of issues. Mold can come in many colors, including black, white, orange, green, or purple. Mold is known to thrive in damp areas and thrive on moisture and reproduce through lightweight spores that travel through the air. When indoors in damp areas, mold release spores that you can breathe in, causing health reactions. 

 

What are the different types of mold? 

 

Multiple types of mold can grow in your home. Without the proper testing, it can be challenging to understand the kind of mold it is, but a professional can assist you. Mold testing can determine the type of mold that is present. Below are some of the most common variations of mold found in homes: 

 

1) Cladosporium 

Cladosporium is black, green, or brown and is often found on carpets or other fabrics and HVAC ducts. 

 

2) Aspergillus 

This type of mold is gray, white, or green and often thrives in attics, basements, walls, and other fabrics. 

 

3) Penicillium 

Often found in areas where there was water damage, Penicillium is fuzzy, green, blue, or yellow. 

 

Who is most at risk for mold exposure? 

 

Mold can affect people in different ways. Individuals with allergies, lung diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, immune suppressions are more at risk. 

 

What are the most common hazards of mold?

 

Mold can occur in your home in damp and wet areas, especially after a leak or water damage. From immune system issues to allergy reactions, home destruction, and more, mold can potentially cause immense damage. Below are some of the most common mold hazards. 

 

1) Health and illness 

 

One of the top mold hazards is that it can affect someone's health. Mold can spread and cause your home to have poor air quality. 

Having mold in your home puts you at risk of contracting a certain illness, especially those with other conditions. It is recommended that you hire professionals as they have the equipment to safely and efficiently remove mold. Removal of mold in the early stages also prevents further property damage and more health issues. Mold can cause the following health reactions: 

 

  • runny nose and congestion

  • sneezing

  • coughing

  • headache

  • sore throat

  • eye irritation

  • skin rash

  • lung irritation

  • wheezing

 

2) Property Damage

 

Mold has the potential to cause severe structural damage to a building or a home. When mold spreads throughout carpeting, walls, and insulation, it's important that the materials be cleaned of mold. Mold can also cause structural damage to the home and cause damage to the property within the home, such as carpets, furniture, clothing, and other household items. When mold attaches to these items, it can be difficult to remove. 

 

3) Mold can spread 

 

The spreading of mold is one of the most common hazards. Without a professional assessing the situation, mold can spread and cause more damage. A mold company has the equipment and knowledge to contain the mold to one area to safely remove it, so it does not continue to spread and negatively affect your air quality. 

 

How to prevent mold 

 

One of the best preventative mold measures is taking every step you can to reduce the chance of mold growth. Mold is everywhere, but it is important to limit it, so you have a healthy home with good air quality. By taking certain actions within your home, you can reduce the risk of mold. 

  • Fix water leaks immediately or any other water damage

  • Maintain low humidity in your home to prevent mold from growing

  • Change filters in air conditioners often

  • Leave carpeting out of bathrooms, laundry rooms, or basements

  • Repair or replace windows that leak 

  • Keep your home ventilated

  •  Use exhaust fans or open windows when showering 

  • Use cleaning products that kill mold

  • Have proper drainage

 

The Bottom Line 

 

Mold is a fungus that grows both outside and inside, but indoor mold can cause a wide range of health issues and damage to the home. People with health issues can be extra sensitive to mold and its effects, so it's important to take preventative measures. By reducing the amount of moisture in your home and keeping it properly ventilated, you can limit the risk of mold spread. Vent Doctor professionals are here to help with any mold issues in your home. 

The Vent Doctor professionals provide mold remediation services to ensure your home is free of any contaminants and mold that can negatively affect your health and home. We can remove many common contaminants from your home, including asbestos, lead, VOCs, and bacteria levels. If you have any questions about mold or its hazards or suspect it may be in your home, look to Vent Doctor. Contact Vent Doctor for more information on our mold services! 

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