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Concerns with Mold

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

This home in San Dimas had water damage and you can see the mold growing from the piece of wood.

Concerns with Mold

Mold spores are in the air everywhere. Inside, mold is at home in moist, dark places—like basements, bathrooms, and behind kitchen appliances—circulating via heating and air-conditioning systems. Outside, mold thrives in the woods, on fallen leaves and dead plants in the garden, and even on some grains and grasses.  

Generally, mold and people can coexist without serious concerns. However, there are some groups that need to be concerned with possible problems that come with exposure to mold.  The elderly and very young can be more vulnerable to adverse symptoms from mold exposure due to possible lower immunity to allergens, and those with respiratory conditions can be seriously affected when exposed to mold.

MOLD ALLERGY SYMPTOMS

Mold allergies can affect us all year long and bring on nasal allergy symptoms like nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, itchy nose, and itchy/watery eyes.  And in serious cases, difficulty breathing.

TYPES OF MOLD THAT CAN CAUSE ALLERGIES:

BLACK MOLD

This type of mold tends to grow on building materials like fiberboard and gypsum board, and on paper, dust, and lint. Black mold growth is a result of excessive moisture from extreme humidity, flooding or other types of water damage.

SNOW MOLD

As the snow begins to melt in the spring and the ground warms up, the conditions become perfect for snow mold’s fungal spores to thrive. Snow mold comes in two varieties—grey and pink—and both can bring on nasal allergy symptoms.

LEAF MOLD

Piles of rotting leaves provide the ideal conditions for mold to thrive. Leaf mold generally goes dormant in the winter but begins growing as soon as the weather warms up in the spring.

When mold is discovered inside of a business or residence, SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas will be happy to provide a free inspection to help determine if mold is present and if so, propose steps to eliminate the cause and remove mold from the structure.