Get the Facts on Mold! (II)

In our second post in the series, let’s take a look at some additional facts about mold.

Fact: The best estimate at this point is that there are approximately one hundred thousand mold species (although experts are still debating the exact number).

Fact: Of the one hundred thousand known species of mold, it is estimated that fifty to sixty are harmful to the health of humans.

Fact: The filtration unit that your mold removal professional should use is called a High-Efficiency Particulate Air or HEPA filter.

Fact: A new home has a higher chance of having a mold problem than an older home. This is because modern building materials like drywall tend to absorb more water than older building materials such as plaster.

Fact: A mixture of bleach and water should work well to remove mold from a nonporous surface.

Fact: Mold can find a toehold in any type of climate, warm or dry. A home in the dessert can have a mold problem as easily as one in South Florida.

Fact: the process of removing mold is called mold remediation.

Fact: Mold needs three things to grow and thrive; 1) moisture, 2) food, and 3) the right temperature to grow.

Fact: Mold grows very well in hidden locations such as; between floors, in wall spaces, attics, basements and ceilings. You may not be able to see it or smell it.

Fact: Mold produces two types of chemicals, (microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOCs), and mycotoxins (poisons produced by fungi), that can get through walls and get into people’s lungs and make some very ill.

Fact: Mold can affect everyone in your home differently. Some people can never feel bothered by it while others can be extremely susceptible to its negative effects.