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What Do We Know About Mold? Its Dangers and Ways of Destruction

While it is normal to assume that mold is neutral and does not cause any damage to your home, we know that this fungus can be more dangerous than it appears.

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What Makes Mold So Dangerous?

Contrary to what you may presume, mold isn't only present in spots where you can visibly see its growth. This fungus spreads easily through tiny weightless seeds called mold spores. And unlike the visible mold growth, mold spores can survive in the air and even in dry, hot temperatures so that as soon as they rest on a damp surface, they take growth again.

Furthermore, mold species like black mold are very dangerous to human existence because they produce toxic substances that are dangerous to health. Some dangers of mold in the home include aggravation of respiratory problems, allergic reactions, skin rash, and lung irritation.

How Can Such A Small Mold Fungus Destroy Strong Materials In Buildings?

Mold is a microscopic fungus that can only be seen by the naked eye after it has taken root in its host material and multiplied. However, despite its small size, this fungus can cause the destruction of materials like walls, furniture, carpet, clothes, and upholstery within a very short time.

Mold can cause such massive destruction because mold spores that host materials produce some digestive substances. These substances help mold digest any material it grows on, thereby disintegrating and destroying it. With time, it can spread beyond the material's surface to cause complete destruction around the home.

Signs that Mold Has Appeared In The House

Unfortunately, you only notice tangible signs of mold in the house after they are already growing in your home. These signs include:

  • Musty, damp odor in rooms and on clothes, walls, and furniture.
  • Irritability and reactions such as itchiness, respiratory problems, and persistent fatigue in reaction to mold spores.
  • Visible stains on affected areas. Mold comes in diverse colors such as black, yellow, white, etc. A visible sign of mold is the presence of fur-like substances in affected areas.

If you've yet to notice the above signs, but you suspect the presence of mold in your home, it would be best to reach out to professional mold inspectors like Feet Up Carpet Cleaning of Alexandria for a thorough inspection of the place. Professional mold inspection includes mold testing service to identify the presence of mold in your space, even before you know they're there.

How Does Mold Affect Human Health?

You may not know this, but having mold in your home can expose you to toxic mold syndrome and other mold diseases. When you inhale or ingest mold, it can affect your health in the following ways:

  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Respiratory illness, nose and throat symptoms
  • Aggravated asthma symptoms
  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Skin irritation
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irritability and nausea

How Can I Eliminate Mold In the House?

Eliminating mold in the house should only be done by experienced professionals like Feet Up Carpet Cleaning of Alexandria. When you attempt to remove mold by yourself, you not only expose yourself to the risk of toxic mold syndrome, but you may also facilitate the spread of mold to other areas of your house.

When you reach out to Feet Up Carpet Cleaning of Alexandria, we conduct a thorough mold inspection on your premises to ascertain the kind of mold present and the most effective method to eliminate it. Afterward, we remove the mold and carry out mold remediation service and prevention. And these processes are completed with industry-grade equipment.

Can Mold Disappear On Its Own?

Not exactly. Mold does not disappear on its own. Provided the conditions (moisture, warmth, and food) necessary to keep this fungus alive are present, it will only keep growing.

If the question is "does mold go away when dry," then yes. When you take away moisture from a mold's place of habitation, it will dry out since it cannot survive without moisture. It will not disappear though, it will be dormant until it gets wet again.

However, simply leaving mold to disappear on its own is quite dangerous. Mold spores can easily survive in diverse conditions. It would only be a matter of restoring moisture and warmth, and active spores would rest on a surface and resume their contamination. So, the best way to eliminate mold is to seek professional help.

Tips for Preventing Mold

The following tips help prevent mold growth in homes:

  1. Contact an experienced mold remediation team like Feet Up Carpet Cleaning of Alexandria to carry out mold remediation in your home. This reduces the number of mold spores in your home.
  2. Repair all water leaks and damaged piping around your premises.
  3. Keep the humidity level in your home down.
  4. Ensure that you have an effective way of filtering the air in your home as often as possible.

Call us now at 703-635-7342 for a free estimate and for more details about our mold services in Alexandria, VA.

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