Mold


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Flooded basement allowed mold to go up the staircase walls

Flooded basement allowed mold to grow up the staircase walls

Mold is a microscopic organism that can be found almost anywhere. Mold only needs a food source and moisture to survive. Mold can be found attached to drywall, plaster, masonry, wood and almost any material if the conditions are favorable for its growth. Mold can use paper, wood, soil or other organic materials for a food source. A moisture source could be anything from an active leak to condensation. There are literally thousands of different types of mold. Most of which are harmless.

HOW DOES MOLD GET INTO MY HOUSE?

There is usually some mold in every house. Most molds are not normally dangerous in small amounts. They may cause allergic reactions such as sneezing, watering eyes, and nasal congestion. Some molds, however are very dangerous and, can cause serious health effects…

WHAT DO I DO IF I SEE MOLD?

First find the water source and repair it. Ventilate the area in order to dry the water damage. Get the area and the house tested for mold. Many times, removing the areas that mold is attached to, will eliminate the problem. Mold can be cleaned from masonry surfaces with a bleach/ water solution.