Molds are members of the Fungi kingdom, and while they resemble and seem to grow like plants they are not. Lacking chlorophyll they survive and grow by digesting plant and other organic matter. In nature you can find molds in the soil, on plants, and on dead and decaying organic matter. They play a vital part in the process in our ecosystem breaking down dead organic matter allowing other things to grow.
Mold reproduce by releasing mold spores, much like a plant produces seeds. These spores are released into the air and are not constrained only to the air outdoors. They can be found indoors as well and in this case are not the proactive force they are when found out of doors. When a spore lands on a damp spot they may begin a cycle of growth and digestion of the organic matter they rest upon. An ideal environment for spore growth is one that is humid and warm or temperature controlled. Since mold will gradually destroy the things they grow upon, they can damage building materials, furnishings, and other household items if left unchecked.
In addition to property damage, the presence of mold in the house can lead to health problems for the people and animals living in the house. All mold have the potential to cause health effects through their production of allergens, irritants, and in some cases toxins. They type and strength of a persons reaction to mold is depended on the types of mold present, the amount of exposure, and the age and general health of the individual. Basic health problems can include headaches, skin irritation, breathing difficulties, and allergic reactions. In people with weakened immune systems, mold can be more dangerous as they may be more vulnerable to infections by molds.
Some molds can produce toxic substances leading to more severe health problems. While the presence of molds in the house does not necessarily mean that these mold toxins are present, it is something to be careful of.
In some cases when the mold scenes needing mold removal has been left too long unchecked and is pervasive in the dwelling it become necessary to contact a professional service to perform a mold cleanup. Professional mold removal cleaners, such as A.C.T. Remediation, specializing in mold cleanup and other types of bioscene remediation have the knowledge and expertise to deal with your mold clean up problem. They can clean the property in a manner that is both safe for the cleaners and for subsequent residents. In addition they understand where to look for the mold to make sure all of it is dealt with and can recognize when mold has lead to damage to the structure. They will be able to tell you what is salvageable and can safely dispose of any waste and the aftermath of the mold cleanup. For you own safety and to ensure proper cleanup a professional service can be critical.
If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of requiring the services of a mold remediation company do not hesitate to contact us.