Mold is a fungus that releases spores into the air. The growth of these spores occurs on the moist places and surfaces. Moist objects are best places for the growth of these spores. Molds are of many types and are present in homes as well as out of the homes. Most of the times mold grows as a result of the water damage in homes as well as other buildings.

Toxic Mold: Some Details

Some molds produces hazardous by products that are not good for the human health. The byproduct mycotoxin is one of the examples. Mycotoxins are responsible for the respiratory problems, memory loss and cancer risks in even the healthy individuals while those already suffering from asthma can be affected more severely. These toxins are also responsible for the lungs infections and memory loss in babies.  The particles of mold are so tiny that our eyes cannot see them in normal routine. That is why most of the people do not come to know about their presence until and unless they begin to grow in a colony. Before the colony growth, the loose particles of mold are settled on to the routine items and are easily inhaled by the inhabitants. This causes irritation and respiratory problems in the human beings living there as well as the pets that live in that house.

The most popular toxic mold is known as stachybotrys chartarum. It is apparently greenish black in color and grows on moist objects and surfaces (especially those which contain cellulose). Examples of such items are wood, drywall, paper, carpet etc. the areas on which it does not grow are cement or tiles.

Toxic mold is a serious problem but ordinary mold too is a problem for the human health as well as the items on which it grows. Common disadvantages are the bad air quality, a specific unwanted odor and destruction of the organic materials on which it grow.

Flourishing of Mold

Mold usually thrives in the damp and humid conditions. The areas in the homes that are best option for the mold growth are

  • Non-ventilated bathrooms
  • Water pipes that are leaked
  • Flood affected areas

The flood affected areas of the homes and buildings are the best places where mold grows easily.  In such areas the high level of humidity and temperature provides the high risk of the mold growth.

Prevention of Mold Growth

Mold growth can be prevented and some simple measures have to be taken by the inhabitants so that the mold growth is discouraged.

  • Installing a dehumidifier in moist areas of the house or call Professionals like los angeles damage restoration services
  • Remove the carpets from the damp rooms
  • Use storm windows to avoid condensation on the glass

Mold Clean up

If unfortunately mold growth occurs in your house then you must clean it up before it grows to an extent that will cause a serious problem for the inhabitants as well as the items of the home.


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