Common Mold Misconceptions

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What do you know about mold?

Homeowners in Nashville, TN love homes free from Mold infestation. However, many homes have had this problem especially after and during winter. Have you complained or heard your friend complain about mold growth in their homes? Mold is a microorganism that is found everywhere and can grow on anything moist enough. Lucky for you, the Emergency Response Team is here to solve this problem permanently.

In your homes, molds grow quickly around windows and porous surfaces like bathroom walls. Molds can look like specks of white, orange, brown, or green, black stains, and furry growth.  If molds are in your home, they would send clouds of invisible bits of spores through the air. The bits can cause allergies, asthma, infections, and various breathing problems. Even the healthiest of individuals can become sick due to the spores. In avoiding these problems, homeowners need to ensure they keep their homes mold-free. It’s important to take note of the different types of mold that can affect a home.  

The more people live in one home in Nashville, the more likely for molds to grow. That results from the moisture released in the air while breathing affecting the air quality. When we cook with uncovered pots, dry clothes on an indoor clothesline, take long hot showers and make use of humidifiers, we create a healthy ground that is moist for molds to grow.  Likewise storing many vegetables like squash, and storing wet firewood can increase the likelihood of a mold problem.

It is easy to identify if you have a problem with molds. Any part of your home that gets wet is likely to be moldy and you can call for assistance. Check for the following:

Check on Plumbing and leaks in your roof for mold in your home. When water is trapped under the carpet or inside the wall, mold may grow there but it cannot always be seen. Ensure that your rugs and walls don’t have a strong musty smell or light strain. You can call a certified company that would help rectify the condition by getting the best and most visible solutions from them.

Water damage around your doors and windows on the outside part of your house. In winter, moist air changes to water on these cooler surfaces and provides a healthy ground for molds to grow. 

Exposed mold on the ceiling, carpet, walls, books, and newspaper piles. Ensure that these areas are well aerated. You will find satisfaction if these areas in your home are dry but you need to identify and ensure that these areas remain dry.

Common Misconceptions about Mold

Mold is common in many households but surprisingly there are many misconceptions about them. For assistance, you can call or contact the mold remediation experts at the emergency response team that would help you unearth the truth about molds. To clear up the confusion, here is a simple guide on the misconceptions about mold that homeowners should address.

Mold is rare. In essence, mold is part of our daily lives and can survive on different materials. Spores that are invisible to the human eye require specific conditions of organic matter, and humidity to take hold and grow. Trying to get rid of molds completely is not an option but preventing them from setting foot in your homes is the best solution.  Is mold in your home a problem?

Mold is toxic. A common misconception because molds may not technically be toxic but that does not mean that they cannot be dangerous and cause individual harm especially the toxic mold. It is only when the molds feed on materials that are harmful when broken down by spores and considered toxigenic for them to be toxic and affect your health. At this level, the mold would have altered the air quality, making it unsafe for individuals to breathe especially those with the risk of respiratory problems. Therefore, not all mold is a health hazard but knowing which can or cannot make you sick is impossible.

You can fix it yourself. Many websites advise people to scrub molds away with the use of some bleach however, the suggestion has some limitations. The method can only remove the seen mold colony but the household bleach cannot penetrate the deep porous materials where the mold has established itself. Furthermore, bleach breaks down the surface on which the spreading of mold takes place hence providing more food matter for the colony on exposure.

Mold is dangerous if only it’s black mold. It is not all dark-shaded molds that produce toxic materials and not all toxigenic molds are black. Color and toxicity are not related since molds that are dangerous to your health can be yellow, white, brown, or green while some black mold could be less harmful. The only way of knowing the type of mold is to call a professional who can analyze the samples.

After a water leak, worry about mold. Even though organic matter and humidity are the primary factors for mold growth, it’s easy to assume that homes with water damage would be at risk. However, humid conditions could arise with no proper ventilation in your homes like the kitchen, bathroom, and basement. This is a common misconception.

Facts and Myths About Mold

Discovering the presence of mold in your home could be unsettling but it’s good to distinguish between facts and myths about molds.

Myth. Mold has no benefit

Truth. Mold can affect your health from long-term exposure but some molds can be beneficial. Some help in decomposing organic material that allows other organisms to grow, medicine, and cheese production.

Myth. There is no mold in my home

Truth. Mold spores are present everywhere and this myth is not true. The breath you breathe contains mold spores, therefore, making it impossible to eliminate them.

Myth. The use of bleach can be the best way to kill mold.

Truth. Most people use bleach in mold removal from their homes. However, bleach kills only live molds but spares mold spores. Unfortunately, removing mold with water and bleach allows mold to regrow faster.

Myth. When the mold is gone, it will not resurface

Truth. The only way of preventing mold from returning to your home, whether indoors or outdoors, is to check the water problem that caused the mold to initially grow. Our team of professionals would be well suited to do this kind of job and undo the myth.

Myth. You can always see the mold

Truth. If you do not see it, it does not mean that it is not there because not all types of molds are visible. You can entirely depend on the smell to detect molds.

Mold is a serious problem especially when misunderstood and can grow into a problematic condition when not taken care of in good time. You can call or contact the mold remediation experts at the Emergency Response Team that would ensure the entire problem is taken care of.

How to Stop Mold from Growing

Proper ventilation of your property

Airing is the ideal way of preventing signs of molds in your home or your metal and commercial roofing. It would be also important to use a dehumidifier in ventilating your home or seeking services from a professional.

Ensure wet areas are dried

Mold cannot grow without moisture hence ensuring that any leaks or water spills are quickly managed especially on flat areas within your residence. Drying the tiles and walls can help prevent the growth of molds in your property.

Use mold-resistant products

In the prevention of mold, use mold-resistant products, especially during home renovations. That will help in the prevention and kill any type of mold on your property.

Heating prevents mold growth

Many people would prefer to save on the cost of heating however, prevention of toxic molds calls for constant heating. When you want to avoid molds from your home, then avoid having rooms that have completely cooled. 

Repair and clean roof gutters

A persistent mold problem could result from damage to a tile, the gutters, and leakages. Therefore, the gutters and roof need to be frequently inspected to check for any damages.

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Final Thoughts

Every home and homeowner would love to have a home free from molds. However, when molds in your home become an issue, you need to get rid of them. Different types of molds can affect your home based on the conditions that present themselves but you can contact our service providers in Nashville, TN who would help by giving a free inspection and estimate of the cost that would help get rid of the molds from your home and get a permanent solution.