What is mold? In what types of environments does mold thrive? How can mold colonies be safely removed? Knowing what you’re up against will make it that much easier to prevent and treat mold colonies.
What is Mold?
Molds are microscopic fungi that grow in humid environments. Unlike plants that require photosynthesis to thrive, molds survive by secreting enzymes onto the organic matter they are inhabiting and then absorbing the degraded remains of that matter. Because molds don’t require a high level of nutrients to survive they can grow on nearly any organic matter, from food products to paper products.
Why Should Mold Be Removed?
Many people will develop allergic reaction to the spores put off by large mold colonies.
Mold spores can live on most any organic matter but they will not survive in dry climates. If you discover a water leak, get it fixed right away. If floods have damaged your home or office, dry the affected area as soon as possible. Every day that goes by in which a mold outbreak is not treated is property lost.
How Can I Tell If I Have a Mold Outbreak?
A professional mold detection service can help you determine if mold has taken up residence in your home or office.
Professionals like Tag Team 911 use advanced mold detection and cleaning technologies to safely clean-up a mold outbreak and restore materials and structures. Once problem areas are detected, trained mold removal experts use advanced HEPA vacuums and chemical treatments to fully rid the area of spores. Sometimes it will even be necessary to install special dehumidifying systems after the clean up is complete.
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If a person touches a mold colony in anyway, there is the chance they could develop a form of dermatophytes, like athlete’s foot or jock itch. Mycotoxins are liquid or gaseous compounds secreted by most mold colonies and are considered some of the most toxic chemicals on the planet. If this is ingested, both humans as well as animals can get seriously ill. This is why prompt attention and mold clean-up is necessary.
How Can I Prevent Mold?
To reduce the risk of developing a mold problem, lower the humidity levels in your home or office.
Molds can also cause allergic reactions such as bronchial irritation and asthma attacks. The common molds seen in most home and work environments can actually become a major issue if not addressed quickly. There are a few steps you can take to help reduce the chances of a mold outbreak happening in your home or business. However, if you have found extensive mold growth already, contact Tag Team 911 (a professional mold remediation company) right away to get started on clean-up. The most important tool you can have in your arsenal against mold growth is knowledge.
Individuals who attempt to remove mold themselves oftentimes forget a very important step: once the carpet or upholstery has been cleaned, the vacuum itself must also be cleaned, as mold can accumulate inside the tank and hose. Damp removal, such as scrubbing the affected areas with water and detergent, is simple and easy but not always effective for established mold colonies. Wearing protective rubber gloves and a facemask are required. In addition, the cleaned area needs to dry quickly to prevent new mold colonies from developing.