Do you have problems with mold in your house? Are you wondering how does mold grow and what you can do about it? Then you should read the following article and find out how to prevent and get rid of mold.
What is mold?
Mold consists of a group of microscopic organisms, known as fungi. Hundred different types of mold have been identified. Those microscopic organisms grow rapidly and produce spores and mycelia. Mold loves moisture environments and since it needs moisture to grow, you will not find mold on dry surfaces.
Positive and negative aspects of mold To begin with, you definitely don’t want mold on food and in your house. Mold affects your every day lives, damages materials and has catastrophic consequences on your health as they release chemicals. You can find it on foods, beverages and on your walls, floors and ceilings as well. If you have moisture problems in your house, you should learn to recognise mold from the beginning, by noticing some first signs of discolouration and characteristic smells. You should then get rid of the existing mold and do everything under your power to prevent its re-occurrence. You should be more cautious with mold if you have children, elderly people, pregnant women and persons with health problems, and especially respiratory diseases or weakened immune systems. Uses of mold On the other hand, mold can be useful as well. Just think of the drug penicillin, which comes from a specific type of mold and certain foods and beverages which are made with a little help from mold! Yet, these ‘good types’ of molds are produced and grown in controlled environment and scientific moldmaking procedures.
What to do
If the mold problem in your house is extended and especially if you get rid of mold and it keeps coming back or if you or a family member suffer from health issues, then you should seek professional help. If the mold problem is relatively small, use a detergent solution – make sure to seek for a specialised detergent solution and not a common one. For example, do not use bleach which may cause more damage and health risk. Before starting the cleaning procedure, take some basic precautionary measures: wear a mask, goggles and gloves. Be extremely cautious if you have health problems, respiratory issues, allergies, asthma etc. – in that case do not clean mold yourself and do not remain close to it.