It’s not uncommon to find some presence of mold in the home, so it’s wise for homeowners to maintain at least a surface-level knowledge: What is mold? When is it harmful? And, most importantly, how can you prevent or get rid of it?
Here’s what you need to know:
Mold types: Mold is a fungus that emerges from spores in dark, moisture-heavy environments. Many types of mold can be toxic or allergenic, which means they are harmful to breathe and can result in a range of symptoms from sneezing to asthma.
Considering those possible side effects, it’s important you know how to deal with mold.
Spotting it: Some types of mold are particularly well-known and easy to spot. Black mold (Stachybotrys), for example, appears as dark green or black splotches on walls. But even with types that are harder to locate, there are some signs. You might recognize mold through sight or smell.
Sight: Mold comes in multiple colors. The most common include green, black, white, red and orange. It also comes in multiple textures: slimy, smooth, fuzzy and rough.
Smell: Some molds emit a distinct odor which is described as musty and rotten.
Dealing with mold: If you’ve just discovered mold in your home, you should get it tested. Knowing what type of mold you’re dealing with can help with cleanup. Other suggestions? Have a professional remove the mold for you and then get the area retested. And, make sure you find the cause and get that fixed.
Prevention: Want to head off mold? Be aware of your home’s humidity level. Make sure you don’t have leaks anywhere and check that bathrooms are properly ventilated.
Originally posted on rainbowpest.net/