Mold is a fungi, which is typically one of the thousands of fungi species in our world. This fungus has a main purpose and that purpose is to break down dead organic matter. Mold takes its form in many areas including where we like to live. There is just so much organic material in our homes giving mold the perfect food source. Such materials are drywall, wood, clothes; the list can go on and on. Mold in simple terms is a living organism and is alive, it requires air, food and water to survive. Mold strives to replicate itself allowing tiny spores into the air to spread freely.
So how does mold grow?
Mold Continues to grow through its tiny spores, which become airborne. Here is the break down on some "Key elements" that push mold spores reproduction:
A few questions to ask yourself
What can mold potentially do to us?
Once the mold spores become airborne because they are so lightweight and tiny, the spores can easily be taken by the air all around your home. Not just your home but also into your lungs and nasal cavities. Some describe the symptoms to the exposure of mold as flu like symptoms or cold like symptoms. Exposure to mold spores may lead to symptoms of sickness such as runny nose, irritated eyes, coughing, or even skin irritation. On a severe scale those who have a history of asthma are more prone to develop more intense reactions. Those also with mold allergies are more likely to develop more severe symptoms.
A key preventative measure to take, as a defense against mold growth, would be moisture control. You should keep a keen eye on certain areas of your home and make sure not to disregard certain musty smells nor visible water staining on ceilings, walls etc. Always make sure to have proper ventilation within parts of the home where moisture builds up the most. Some of these places are as followed: kitchens, bathrooms and laundry room. If we learn to control this factor then we prevent future mold issues.