A Brief Guide to Mold

Mold Infographic

Defining Mold
Mold is a type of fungi that can be found both in and outdoors. There are various types of mold, some harmless and some dangerous. Mold can be problematic when found indoors, and may often be discovered in bathrooms, attics, basements, kitchens, and crawl spaces. Mold thrives in moist, warm environments. Like any other living organism, mold can survive if ideal conditions are met, and will continue to thrive if a proper food source and environmental conditions are maintained.

Signs of Mold
Mold can grow indoors, but it may not always be easily visible. There are various signs that could indicate that a mold problem is present. Aside from the obvious visible mold, another is a musty, strange odor. In addition, mold may impair the structure of the property. Walls may have stains, discoloration, warped surfaces, chipped paint, peeling wallpaper, and other forms of deterioration. Another sign of mold includes health effects.

Health Effects of Mold
Mold affects everyone differently and may not even have an effect on some people. Prolonged exposure can result in more serious health effects. Some symptoms of mold, from mild to severe, include:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes, nose, throat, and/or skin
  • Headaches
  • Nose bleeds
  • Fatigue
  • Respiratory issues
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Short term/long term memory problems
  • Cancer
  • Death

What to Do if Your Home Has Mold
Get your home tested. Not all mold in the home may be visible. Having a qualified industrial hygienist test the property for mold will establish if there's a mold problem, the affected area(s), and the level of toxicity. Upon testing for mold, the industrial hygienist may recommend having the mold remediated. A professional mold remediation company can safely and properly remove the mold infestation. Residents of Maryland and Washington DC can turn to SI Restoration for mold remediation services.

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