Mold affects more homes and businesses than you think. It’s everywhere. Whether you believe it or not, it’s apart of everyone’s lives. In fact, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re breathing it in as you’re reading this. In some cases it is helpful, such as it’s contribution to some of our favorite cheeses. However, there are other cases where it is harmful, such as the many illnesses and deaths that it has caused. Since it’s such a big part of our lives, we believe that everyone should have at least some basic knowledge about it. Read the 25 mold facts below to learn some of these basics!
25 Mold Facts
- Bleach does not kill mold and industry leaders do not recommend it. It usually grows back within weeks after being sprayed with bleach.
- Long term exposure has been linked to a number of pregnancy miscarriages.
- All home buyers should require an inspection before buying a home. Even newly built homes can report active growth.
- Long term exposure can cause Multiple Sclerosis.
- Micro-spores exists almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors. It only becomes a problem when large amounts of spores exists in an area.
- There are more than 10,000 species.
- Often times, homeowner insurance policies do not cover damages directly related to mold.
- Dead spores can still cause health problems.
- Exposure has been linked to everyday sicknesses and symptoms such as: sinus infections, cold/flu like symptoms, headaches and memory loss
- Organic materials only have to require exposure to excessive moisture for 24-48 hours before it begins to grow.
- It can grow on any organic and porous materials.
- Growth cannot happen directly on glass or concrete. However, it can grow on the dust that accumulates on these materials.
- Studies shows a strong link between mold and some asthma cases.
- Serious infestation reduces property values.
- 1 in 4 people are vulnerable to a mold illness.
- Infestation usually means that there is a structural defect that’s allowing moisture access.
- Some foods, such as bleu cheese contains mold.
- Allergies during Christmas is usually due to active growth on Christmas trees.
- Mildew is just mold in it’s early stages of development.
- More than 50% of homes contain a contamination problem, somewhere.
- Humidifiers can promote active growth.
- If you try to paint over moldy walls, it will grow through the paint.
- Outdoors, it plays an important role in nature. It breaks down toppled trees, fallen leaves, and dead animals.
- Homes/buildings built during rainy seasons are more likely to have active growth upon completion.
- Slime molds, mostly found in forests, can actually move.
Now that you have your basic knowledge, you know what to be aware of. Use these 25 mold facts to help prevent growth in your home or business. For example: Prevent building a new home during rainy seasons to keep the chances of early growth down. You don’t have to be an expert to be a prevention expert!