Do you know what mold looks like? It comes in many colors like green, gray, white, an black. It can look fuzzy, velvety and inactive mold looks dry. The one thing that stays consistent with mold is it’s smell.
Mold is Nature’s tool to break down organic matter, and mold eats everything. When mold eats, it produces a gases as a byproduct. The byproduct gas is the same smell consistently with mold and it helps confirm what you’re actually looking at when you smell it.
How does Mold choose to eat?
Molds are fungi that grow and reproduce quickly based on conditions. The most notorious condition to enable mold growth is consistent moisture. Any organic material exposed to consistent wetness has a high susceptibility to mold growth, especially if it’s located within a dark, dank place. This is why most residents of New Jersey find mold in their basement, crawl spaces, attics, and storage areas & closets. These areas of are not frequently visited and mold is left alone to multiply and eat away at your home.
Is Mold Harmful, and How?
YES! Molds can be very harmful and create severe illness.
When mold reproduces, it releases spores into the air. These spores literally travel with the wind and are transported by air. When humans breathe mold spores into their lungs, these spores can wreak havoc on our immune system. While very short exposure to mold spores will not send you to the Emergency Room, but consistent inhalation of mold spores cause health problems.
As mentioned above, mold spores travel by air. So if you’re smelling mold in your basement, just closing the basement door won’t help you. Those mold spores will travel throughout the house and you will breathe them into your lungs. This is especially prevalent in the winter when all the windows are closed and the heater is on, and the same air is recycled over and over again.
Continuous inhalation of mold spores can create symptoms similar to sinus infections, respiratory problems, skin rashes, asthma, and a susceptibility to illness.
If you smell a musty odor from a specific room or area of your home consistently, call us or visit mold control to schedule a free inspection. We’ll be able to test your air quality and home for mold damage. A Free Inspection can give you the piece of mind you need to know you’re protection your home and property from mold damage.