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Indoor Air Quality Problems: Mold And Your Greenville Home.

Posted by Michael Kamps on Tue, Sep 17, 2013 @ 01:18 PM

Mold Growth In Homes Is A Hot Topic Today.

You may have heard a news report talking about the danger of exposure to mold in our homesBlack And White Mold and at work. Mold comes in thousands of varieties and exists in every indoor and outdoor environment. It is a natural and necessary part of nature and the environments we live in. While many types of mold have positive benefits, there are several strains that can lead to health problems if allowed to flourish.

This image shows black and white mold on firewood:

The following information is from the EPA's website on the topic:

Why is mold growing in my home?

Molds are part of the natural environment and serve a purpose outdoors. But inside, mold growth can be problematic. Mold reproduces indoors as mold spores land on wet surfaces. Of the many types of molds, none will grow without water or moisture. Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.

Can mold cause health problems?

Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. Symptoms other than the allergic and irritant types are not commonly reported as a result of inhaling mold. Research on mold and health effects is ongoing.

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Tags: Mold, Indoor Air Problems, IAQ, Moisture Problems