Do I have mold?
If moisture is or was present you may have mold. Mold also needs food to grow. It grows well in moist, dark, unventilated areas like wall cavities and attics but can grow in open moist areas like bathrooms.
Can I stop it from growing?
Antimicrobials can be used but eliminating the moisture by having a professional mold remediation company dry or remove it is the best solution.
Are there different kinds of mold?
Yes, mold can be present and not a danger as long as it stays dry. With moisture mold spores will burst and become airborne. At this point the mold is spreading and still may not be visible. When it attaches itself to food and starts to grow, that is when you need to call a professional mold remediation company to dry or remove it. Some molds are good. Many types are used in medicine and the manufacturing of some food.
Will mold harm me?
Different people are affected differently by each type of mold. Some are prone to respiratory issues, skin or eye irritation and even athlete’s foot. Some allergenic reactions can even be fatal, requiring medical attention.
If I suspect mold what do I look for?
Look for visible mold. Is there a musty odor? Is there excessive humidity?
What steps can I take to prevent mold?
Keep the moisture level in your home under control by using a Dehumidifier. If you see moisture on your windows, lower the moisture content in the air. Insure that all bathroom vents are vented properly. Insure that your attic is insulated and ventilated properly. Insure that you are using your humidifier properly. Look for signs of seepage in the basement. Call a professional mold remediation company to inspect your home and suggest the proper solutions.