Mold spores are literally everywhere. You can’t avoid them. Most mold spores are harmless and actually do good things. They become a problem when they get together in warm, moist areas and reproduce in great quantities in our homes. Once this occurs, it’s very difficult to remove them. They become not only unsightly, but they can cause many health problems. Depending on the type of mold, they can either cause allergies or cause toxic reactions.
There are hundreds of different molds out there, but all fall into one of these three categories:
Allergenic molds are mold spores that are considered relatively safe to humans. They may cause mild allergic reactions to those who are susceptible to allergies or those who have asthma. They can cause eye irritation, nasal aggravation, and/or a mild cough. They can cause rashes to those with sensitive skin, too.
Pathogenic molds are a little more harmful. They can cause reactions like those above and respiratory infections to boot. Most healthy individuals can easily fight these types of molds, but the very young, the elderly, and those who suffer from allergies and asthma may have a harder time shaking this type of infection.
Toxic molds (also known as black mold) is the most harmful type of mold. This type of mold can be deadly. Toxic molds typically occur after flooding or sewage type water damage events. If you suspect toxic molds have infected your home or are the victim of sewage flooding, it’s important to call a professional mold restoration company and to avoid the area at all costs.
Regardless of the type of mold, we recommend contacting a mold damage cleanup company to handle all of your mold needs. Unless you have a petri dish handy and a PhD in biology, you probably won’t recognize which type of mold you have – making it dangerous to handle the mold damage cleanup on your own.
Our mold damage company provides full mold inspections, mold damage cleanup, and mold damage restoration to your home. Mold tends to hide in dark, humid, and porous spaces. If not removed properly, you could find yourself with more mold than you started with – throughout your home because it spreads very easily. Contact us anytime – day or night – for a free mold damage cleanup estimate.