Where Can Mold Be Found?

Mold can be found anywhere, indoors and out. Outside, mold proliferates in shady, damp areas and places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Inside, it can be found in basements, kitchens, and bathrooms—anywhere humidity is a factor. Drywall, ceiling tiles, carpets, furniture, ductwork, roofing, paneling, wallpaper, and the areas around plumbing pipes are some places that can harbor mold if the necessary growing conditions are present.

What Kinds Of Molds Are There?

The USDA estimates that there are 100,000 or more types of mold, which can appear in a number of different shades or hues including black, white, yellow, green, pink to name a few. The color of mold can change, depending on the situation, and it’s often difficult, and sometimes impossible, to identify a particular mold spore correctly.

The term “toxic mold” is a bit of a misnomer. Though some molds produce mycotoxins that have unwanted effects attributed to mold, mold spores in and of themselves are not deadly. It’s rarer still to find the more aggressive forms of mold, and even those are only life-threatening to infants, the elderly, or those with weakened immune systems. Mold allergies are somewhat common. Someone with a severe mold allergy may become sicker after exposure to a simple allergenic mold while a healthy person exposed to a “toxic mold” might not feel any ill effects.

What Are Some Symptoms Of Mold Exposure

In 1999, the Mayo Clinic estimated about 93 percent of chronic sinusitis cases are attributable to mold. Headaches, sore throats, runny nose, coughing, rashes, asthma and various respiratory problems are just a few possible symptoms of mold exposure.

What To Do If You Find Mold In Your Home?

If you believe that you have mold in your house, you can purchase a mold testing kit or call in a mold remediation specialist to test for spores. Sometimes, mold infestation is more apparent, in that it can be seen or a musty odor lingers in the air. Remember, mold proliferation arises in higher humidity, damp areas. If there’s an obvious problem with standing water in your home that was caused by a leak or flooding, it’s best to have the sources of the leak repaired, remove the objects that have been affected (like carpeting or drywall), and dry out the area. If mold spores cover more than 10 square feet of space, a mold remediation specialist can also help remove the mold safely and efficiently to ensure there isn’t a reoccurrence.