Mold is found everywhere. It is a part of our natural environment both indoors and out. The mold that we are concerned about in our home and offices though is growing mold that comes as a result of moisture problems. To that end, mold is most commonly found in our bathrooms, kitchens, basements and attics.
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Some types of mold ca be very dangerous while others are perfectly harmless. The dangerous ones release Mycotoxins into the air which we inhale or absorb. When this happens, mold related health problems can arise. While some people have minor reactions to mold exposure, others have more severe problems.
Mold moves around our environment predominantly via air and water. Those are not the only ways that mold gets around though. Literally anything that mold lands on can act as a movement source.
Within our homes, mold and other contaminants will spread when disturbed by improper cleaning (read more on How to properly clean moldy surfaces) or through our home ventilation systems.
Who’s hungry? Black mold is! Just like other types of mold, black mold can develop and grow almost anywhere. Mold can thrive in damp, soft soil as well as other organic decomposing items such as fallen trees, logs, dead leaves and limbs. Indoors, black mold also loves damp areas and, in particular, items that are high in cellulose, such as rugs, carpets, anything wood, and dry wall.
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- Exposure to mold can result in a number of health problems including asthma, respiratory problems, allergic reactions, rashes, nose and throat irritation, headaches and more.
- You cannot completely remove mold in an indoor environment but you can control the growth and spread of mold.