By: Gene Rhodes
Mold is among the most severe and aggravating problems that a home owner can be faced with. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, all mold needs to grow is air, moisture, and some kind of organic medium. That last piece of the puzzle could be paper, wood, or any of a number of products that homes and other buildings are made from.
You cannot eliminate all mold and mold spores in your house as mold is normallly all around us indoors and outdoors all of the time but you can control it to acceptable levels by trying to eliminate things like leaks in pipes, especially between walls, and otherwise remove sources of moisture.
If you find you have excess mold, it will likely manifest itself as stains on the walls (see picture above), ceilings, or carpets and as a rank smell. If this was not bad enough, mold can cause health problems. The Centers for Disease Control notes that exposure to mold can cause nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. The health problems are even worse for people with mold allergies as well as a number of respiratory ailments such as asthma. Mold can be especially dangerous for people with bronchitis or pneumonia. Children are especially susceptible to respiratory ailments brought on by excess mold. In general mold is a major contributor to poor indoor air quality.
Therefore, if you find that you have mold, it is vitally important that you hire a mold cleaning service such as ServiceMaster Quality Services. Getting your home free of excessive mold levels will not only remove a serious health hazard, but improve your overall quality of life.