Mold may be recognized by sight and smell- FACT
Mold usually appears as distinctly colored woolly mats but don’t be fooled mold can be black, white, gray, green, red and blue. Mold can also be recognized by smell often times it produces a foul odor such as a musty, earthy smell. There are thousands of mold types in order to identify them mold testing is necessary.
If mold isn’t visible it isn’t an issue- MYTH
Mold can grow out of sight inside wall cavities, between floors and ceilings, in attics, etc. To determine whether there is mold that cant been seen a mold inspection and or a home mold test can be done.
All black mold is toxic- MYTH
There are various molds that appear black in color but are nontoxic and are not known to produce mycotoxins.
Mold affects your health- FACT
Numerous studies show a connection between mold exposure and health issues in certain individuals.
Mold affects everyone exposed the same way- MYTH
Those who may be affected more severely and quickly than others include:
• Infants and children
• Elderly people
• Pregnant women
• Individuals with respiratory conditions or allergies and asthma
• Persons with weakened immune systems
Keep in mind some individuals have sensitives to allergens and other airborne particles or have previous health conditions which causes them to experience health issues when exposed to mold spores. Other individuals do not experience any symptoms despite exposure.
Mold is only found indoors- MYTH
Mold are airborne spores and can be found both indoors and outdoors.
Mold can grow on almost any material- FACT
As long as mold spores have the conditions (moisture and oxygen) needed to grow it can be found it varies surfaces. When these spores land on a surface that has adequate conditions, the spores grow and release chemicals that digest and can eventually destroy the surface.
Mold sampling or testing is necessary every time- MYTH
In cases where there is visible mold growth sampling is unnecessary. Surface sampling after mold remediation is recommended to determine if the area was adequately remediated. In the cases where mold isn’t visible but a moisture problem has been noted, mold testing is recommended.
Mold growth can be prevented- FACT
The key to mold prevention is moisture control. Often time mold issues arise due to water damage. Mold will not grow if moisture is absent. When mold is caused by water damage it is recommended to seek water damage restoration services.