Brevard Mold Removal: An Introduction to Molds

What Exactly Is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungus that has been around since the dawn of time.  They’re spores and microbes that float all around us, and we’ve all seen it growing on food.  There are thousands of different species of molds in different genera and other parts of the fungi family.  Due to the sheer number of different kinds of molds, most are pretty harmless.  However, some are capable of causing respiratory ailments and infections while a select few species are toxic and dangerous. If you live in Brevard, mold removal may be something that you’re very familiar with.

It’s not all bad though.  Without mold, we wouldn’t have penicillin, which is probably one of the most important medical discoveries in the entire history of mankind.  Some species of mold can be used in place of pesticides as a way to help crops.  Others are even edible and have been part of making sausages and soy sauce for centuries, along with cheese and the modern meat substitute Quorn.

 

How Mold Forms

Mold typically forms through spores in the air and can latch onto clothing and pets.  There’s no way around preventing it from happening, but most of the time it’s not a serious problem.  After all, people breathe in some of the most common types of mold in the world every day.  Oftentimes it can get in through any sort of gaps in a house.  Such other places include doorways, windows, and vents.    Flooding and leaks are also another common source.  The moisture and humidity invite it to form and before you know it, there’s mold all over the place.  This is where Sunsation’s Brevard mold removal team steps in, especially during the rainy season.

 

Detection

Brevard mold removal team can sample your walls and airYou can find mold by smell as well as appearance.  Sometimes it starts small, but can spread and become more visible and thus, more of a problem.  When finding mold in the home, the first important thing to do is to not panic.  Yes, it’s a problem, but it’s also one that is well within the capability of Brevard mold removal specialists.  Prevention is possible with proper care.  Finding why the mold formed is just as important as removing it.  If it isn’t cleaned correctly, then there is always the possibility of the mold coming back.

If you find mold, an important thing not to do is take a sample of it.  Unless you’re a certified professional and know how to take the samples, you’re better off removing it.  In instances such as this, it’s best to avoid the area and call someone who knows how to take care of it and identify it properly.  As noted, not all molds are harmful, but enough volume of the spores in the air will cause respiratory problems.  However, there’s no harm in arming yourself with some basic knowledge about common mold types that may be found in the home.  According to the Center for Disease Control, there are four particularly common mold types.  They are penicillium, aspergillus, cladosporium, and alternaria.

 

Four Molds You Have Probably Encountered:

Familiar with Brevard mold removal efforts when dealing with your house or business? Here are four molds that you’ve probably run into when cleaning and living day-to-day.

Penicillium

Penicillium growing on a Mandarin orange (common with Brevard mold removal)

Penicillium is the mold you’re probably most familiar with as it is where we get the antibiotic, penicillin.  Without some species of it, we wouldn’t have blue cheese.  Obviously, penicillin allergies exist, so it’s important to remove it when it forms.  There are over three hundred different species of penicillium.  You’ve probably encountered it before, as it often grows on oranges past the sell-by date.  Some species of this mold can be toxic, but we cannot undersell the contributions to the medical community from this mold.

 

Aspergillus

Four samples of aspergillus in a petri dish.

Aspergillus is one of the most common types of mold found all around the world. You’ve probably encountered it without even realizing it as it can grow on leathers or cloths. This mold is pretty harmless, as millions of people breathe it in without knowing. It’s only really a problem for people with weakened immune systems. Some species of it are capable of producing toxins and the Aspergillosis infection.  Others aren’t. Aspergillus is often found in homes and offices and can cause allergic reactions.

 

Cladosporium

Cladosporium under a microscope

Cladosporium often forms on plants and other organic materials outside. In a home, it is common where there’s moisture, possibly from water damage. Like aspergillus, cladosporium is mostly harmless in the species that comprise its genus. Some species though, are capable of causing infections. Back in 2012, it was responsible for a meningitis outbreak along the East Coast of the United States.

 

Alternaria

Alternaria growing on a leaf.

Alternaria is a common allergen that can cause hay fever.  It can also open the door to other pathogens in people with compromised immune systems. It is indeed capable of causing health disorders as well, but serious problems aren’t all that common. Alternaria is more common in affecting plants and crops. Interestingly though, not all Alternaria species are actually harmful to crops. Some are even used for pest control.

 

Prevention

Preventing mold from forming is an excellent way to save money and sanity. Prevention is often cheaper and easier to do than removal. Here are some ways to prevent mold from forming:

-Fix leaks in roofs and pipes.  This is a given. The leaks will pool and provide mold a place to live and breed. This may need a professional depending on the size and types of leaks, but can help prevent mold problems.

-Clean up any flooding as quickly as possible.  Given the volume of water that can happen with flooding, it can provide a lot of places that mold can hide and grow unseen.  Cleanup is essential to prevent it.

-Avoid using carpets in areas with lots of moisture such as bathrooms.  Moisture can sit in a carpet and that can allow mold to form.  In extreme cases, it may be necessary to replace the damaged carpet.

-Ensure proper ventilation. Because molds are spore-based and float in the air, you want to make sure you have proper ventilation.  This can help prevent mold from forming in the first place.

-Make sure it’s not too humid in the house. This can be difficult in Florida, but mold likes humid places to grow.  Limiting it this way can be an effective method. A dehumidifier in a place that is fairly humid can be a wise investment.

Remember that good prevention does not mean that you’re completely safe from mold.  Accidents happen and in cases like that, it’s important to call an expert who knows how to handle mold removal.  Sooner you do so the better, as the problem will only get worse. If you’re looking for an expert in Brevard mold removal, remember to call Sunsation Restoration!

One thought on “Brevard Mold Removal: An Introduction to Molds and Prevention

  1. Are there any do it yourself home mold tests that you recommend?

    Or would you always suggest using a mold inspector to detect if there is mold?

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