Mold or mildew as it is commonly referred to, is a type of fungal growth that naturally occurs in humid, moist conditions. It can grow inside the home or outdoors, is difficult to completely eradicate, and varies from harmless to toxic in nature. However, one thing is certain. It’s never pleasant when you find it growing in your home. Consequently, you may be wondering how it can be cleaned up, how to prevent it from reoccurring, and whether it poses a threat to your health and well-being.
What does It look like?
The mold that grows inside the home is typically bluish gray or green in color. It may look like a cluster of spots or like specs that are scattered on the surface it’s growing on. Examine the tiles or walls behind appliances and inspect bathrooms and laundry closets as these are the areas that are most prone to mold growth. If you find mold growing in any of these areas, don’t be alarmed as this is a very common occurrence. Oftentimes, if the tiled areas are left wet, you can see the black spots in the grouting. That spreads fast.
Mold reproduces by creating invisible spores that are able to travel through the air to different surfaces throughout your home. Most importantly, it can cause a range of health issues and problems. The spores carry toxic substances that cause allergies and trigger respiratory complications as well as skin irritations. It’s important that you have as much mold as possible removed from your home. It’s not just about removing the mold; it’s about halting the reproduction of it as well.
Potential Health Risks
Mold has developed a reputation for being highly toxic and causing a broad range of health-related problems. Interestingly enough, many are unfounded despite the fact that so many others are true. Without a doubt, it does pose a number health risks. However, this true for children, the elderly, individuals with compromised immune systems, and other at-risk groups are concerned. What we do know, is that there’s an increasing correlation between respiratory tract issues and the presence of mold.
Additionally, many individuals are curious as to whether or not mold can cause high blood pressure. It’s hard to say. Research has suggested that there is a relationship between black mold and irregularities with blood pressure although it’s been hard to attain definitive proof about this considering the many factors that can affect a person’s blood pressure.
To learn more about mold and the potential for causing health problems, contact Florida Inspections Unlimited at 305-910-1171 today. Call us today to schedule an appointment and our team will be there on time.