What Is Mold And What Does It Do

mold inspection cherry hill, mold assessment cherry hill, mold evaluation cherry hillThere are over 60,000 species of mold naturally occurring both indoor and outdoor in our environment. Some of the more common indoor molds include Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus. While we don’t expect homeowners in Cherry Hill to know the types of indoor mold, we do want to help make them aware of what mold is, and why mold inspections by professional mold remediation companies are important. 

Molds are fungi that thrive in damp, humid, and dark conditions. Mold grows and spreads through the production of spores – tiny microscopic particles that travel through the air. Because spores are so resilient and can be found virtually anywhere, when the right conditions present themselves in our homes (like a leaky or burst pipe, excess moisture, or any type of water damage), mold will begin to grow within 48 hours. Porous materials (like paper products, cardboard, drywall, wood, insulation, and upholstery) are all great hosts for mold growth. When mold begins to grow on these types of materials and surfaces, it can weaken the very structure and integrity of your home. If mold can destroy these types of materials, imagine what it can do to our bodies and health. 

Mold And Your Health

While our immune systems were created to battle mold in small amounts, it is overwhelming to our bodies in large quantities and with prolonged exposure. Allergens and myotoxins are produced by mold, and for people with asthma or any other respiratory diseases, these can be extremely harmful. People who are sensitive to allergies will often have increased symptoms when mold is present. Mold exposure can cause many health symptoms including irritation to eyes, nose, lungs, throat, and skin, and can cause many respiratory problems including asthma, respiratory infections, sneezing, wheezing, and coughing. Certain types of mold can cause serious lung infections and scarring, which can make breathing become difficult. For individuals who are chronically sick, or for those who have weakened immune systems, mold can pose serious health threats.

Signs Of Mold To Watch For

The risks associated with mold growth should not be ignored, and need to be addressed as soon as possible. If you suspect mold growth in your home, some signs you can look for are: musty smells, dark spots on walls, ceilings, or baseboards, leaky pipes, bubbling in walls or ceilings, fuzzy-appearing growth on surfaces, humid conditions, or any signs of water damage because where water damage occurred mold is more likely to follow.

Professional Mold Inspection In Cherry Hill

If you notice any of these signs, have any suspect any mold growth in your home, or have sustained water damage in any form in your home, call MasterTech Services for a mold inspection. Our trained and certified technicians know how to spot mold. We use an oxidative mold removal method that harnesses oxidizing agents, surfactants and surface cleaners that target bio-contaminants and effectively remove them. Because this type of mold removal process is safer and more effective, our professional mold removal technicians are able to increase project safety and efficacy. 

If you suspect mold in your home in Cherry Hill, do not wait to call MasterTech for a mold inspection