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Mold Control – What You Need to Know

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Mold Control,Mold Extermination,Preventing Mold — Megan Howard @ 4:13 pm July 16, 2013

Mold is a collection of fungi and microorganisms that thrive in dark, damp areas. They are found pretty much anywhere you go and they serve an important purpose in nature: to help speed up the process of decay in dead or dying plants. Mold spreads through the release of airborne spores, and often end up in homes where they thrive in crawlspaces, under sinks, and in bathrooms.

There are more than 100,000 different kinds of mold, most of which are harmless to humans save for the occasional allergic reaction. The only mold known to cause serious harm to humans is the Black Mold, aka stachybotrys, but it can be identified and treated by a qualified mold control professional.

Mold on basement walls

Protection Against Mold

  • The best way to prevent mold is to prevent excess moisture.
  • Excess moisture often comes from leaking pipes and plumbing fixtures. Fix leaks as soon as you spot them; this has the benefit of saving you money on your water bill as well as preventing mold growth.
  • When building a home, make sure that the ground slopes away from the home so that water can’t pool or collect in the foundation.
  • Keep indoor humidity low. This is often a problem in basements, where the lack of ventilation coupled with the presence of plumbing fixtures, like water heaters and pipes, both contribute to high levels of humidity. Dehumidifiers are the most effective solution for these.
  • Air out and clean your basement as often as possible to reduce moisture buildup.
  • Appliances that produce moisture, like clothes dryers and stoves, should be vented outdoors whenever possible to reduce moisture buildup.
  • Air conditioners also have a dehumidifying effect. Use them to keep your home cool and and dry in the summer.
  • Be sure to wrap any cold pipes or coils in insulation so as to prevent condensation that can lead to excess moisture buildup.
  • Make sure that air conditioner drip pans are free to drain properly and are not clogged.

Why you should call a mold removal professional

  • Only a mold specialist can determine the kind of mold infesting your home. Many of the 100,000 different mold species look exactly the same, and the differences between each can only be seen with specialized equipment.
  • Professionals have access to the equipment needed to remove mold infestations safely, and without endangering themselves, others around them, or the rest of the home.
  • Professionals also have access to the substances needed to clean mold off of surfaces that can be cleaned.
  • Mold control professionals will be able to identify potential causes of mold, and advise you as to how they can be addressed.
  • Good mold removal companies can perform follow-up visits to ensure that the treatment has worked and can re apply treatments if it hasn’t.

Don’t let molds invade your home. Request an appointment today! Call us or visit New Jersey Mold Care.


Understanding Mold Growth and What to Do with Molds

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Mold Extermination — Megan Howard @ 4:41 pm July 8, 2013

Why are many homeowners so concern about molds? This is because more and more people are becoming aware of the threat they possess. The devastation of a structure and the health effects it can pose to home and their owners are cause for alarm. With the growing of molds indoors and outdoors, it is just natural to have your home protected from them. It is also necessary to understand how they grow and learn how you can defend your home against them.


Molds are a type of fungi that often cause disintegration of organic matter. They play an important role in our eco system, but they can cause harm when they grow indoors. Molds are found to have over 100,000 species, but treating them is just done the same way. Controlling and eliminating their food sources can be difficult since they commonly settle where there is presence of moisture. It should also be noted that fifty to sixty percent of homes in the U.S. are affected by molds that means that they are naturally found in every home. But, it is not natural and hygienic if the amount of molds present in one are innumerable.

About Black Mold

Molds can also be found in various colors, but one color most are afraid of, is the “Black Mold. However, the information regarding this mold is somehow misleading since the color of the mold is not a determining factor to know if they are toxic or not. Black mold creates mycotoxins that can also be found different types of molds. So regardless of its color, when molds are present better eliminate them.

Block mold under a sink

Effects of Molds to Health

Potential effects of molds to health include allergic reactions such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, skin irritation and asthma. Other symptoms of molds include fatigue, stuffy head, allergies, headache, runny nose and dry throat. Molds can also trigger asthma attacks to sensitive individuals. People who suffer from asthma should avoid exposure to molds. Children and the elderly are also more prone to these allergic reactions made by them.

What Should You do if Molds are Present?

It is difficult to control the growth of mold especially indoors since moisture is also commonly present at home. To control mold growth inside the property, better control indoor moisture. Molds release microscopic airborne spores that can grow on almost anything like unfinished woods, drywall, but could also be found on metals, plastics and glass. Their growth depends on how they are given food, which is their water source.

To avoid mold growth:

  • Fix leaks and seepage
  • Cover dirt in crawlspaces by putting a plastic cover
  • Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens
  • Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners

When molds are present, clean them off. Use water and detergent and dry the surface completely. Make certain that you clean and then dry these areas within 24 to 48 hours. Absorbent materials that are already moldy, should be replaced. Also, reduce potential condensation on surfaces  by adding insulation.


When to Ask for Assistance?

Realize that tiny amounts of molds are always present in our surroundings. It is up to us on how we can prevent them from growing and how we can take care of our home. However, if your home has become a dwelling place to uncontrollable amounts of molds, it would be better to ask for assistance. The air quality in your home should always be taken into account. Keep in mind that mold spores, whether they are dead or alive always bring disaster to those who are constantly in contact with them.

Horizon Pest Control offers effective mold removal services in New Jersey. To get help with your mold problem, visit Mold Removal NJ and set an appointment.


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10 Best Tips to Bust Away Molds from Your Attic and Crawlspaces

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Horizon Pest Control,Mold Extermination — Megan Howard @ 4:47 pm July 1, 2013

Molds can be commonly found in spoiled food and the unused or forgotten spaces of your home- it could be the cabinet or space under your sink, the basement, the attic or crawlspace. Some people think that they are ugly, but not many realize the great danger molds can post to their health. Mold produce toxic compounds called mycotoxin, which is are poisonous and can affect the respiratory, digestive and even reproductive system. Long exposure to molds can cause serious illnesses and can even lead to fatality.

Why do molds form in attics and crawl spaces? It’s very simple- these are potential places where any small amount of moisture can enter. Given the fact that these are also hidden corners of the house and seldom used, it’s the perfect breeding place for molds. Keep in mind though that mold doesn’t grow overnight. They are like plants that grow slowly but surely grow, given the right conditions for them to do so.

Follow these easy steps and you’ll be busting away mold from your attics and crawlspace:

1.      Molds thrive in humid and moist places, be it the attic or crawl spaces.  To avoid this, make sure that the room has proper ventilation and must be kept drive at all times. Make sure that the air can properly circulate inside the room. Putting charcoal in a plastic pot and covering it with a net will help absorb moist in the air and keep the room dry.

Mold in attic

2.      For the attic, check that there is no leaking roof, especially during the rainy or winter season.  One small leak can cause molds to grow in your attic or crawlspace and you have no way of knowing immediately because they don’t just grow overnight.

3.      Stacking is good because you never know when you need something out of the pile. But then again, mare sure not stack rarely used items from the kitchen or bathroom. Anything that is likely to develop moist and thus, a potential breeding place for molds.

4.      Answering the need to keep the crawlspace moisture free, installing a vapor barrier can be a very helpful solution. Water in the ground evaporates in the air which in turn increases the level of humidity. When this happens in a crawl space, there is little or no way for the water to evaporate properly because of poor ventilation. When this happens, humidity rises and so thus moist. The solution is a vapor barrier which is done by covering the whole area with plastic sheet.

5.      Check for things that do not need to be stored anymore in the attic or crawlspace. By freeing some space in those areas, you are increasing the possibility of good ventilation and air circulation.

6.      Install good insulation sheets in the attic especially during the winter or summer when temperatures shoot up extremely or low. The added insulation can control the humidity and will later save you a lot of money.

7.      Check that the wall areas of your attic and crawlspaces must be absolutely free from any cracks. Cracks on the wall can be a potentially good entrance for water or moisture.

8.       Gutters in the roof must be cleaned at least twice a year especially the part near the attic. Any clog in gutters can be a potential passage of water to the attic.

Cleaning gutters eliminates mold

9.      Check the plumbing of both the attic and the crawl area. Make sure that there are no leaks or dents on the pipes. If the pipes are showing good measure of rust and discoloration, it’s time to change them.

10.  Do general cleaning of these places at least quarterly. Make sure to disinfect and clean every corner. When molds did form, do not clean them with bare hands. Inhaling the mycotoxin can wreak havoc to your immune system, so ask for professional services. There are pest control companies that offer them.

Attic and crawlspaces serve very important roles inside the house, so make sure you don’t take them for granted because when molds form in those areas, your family will be absolutely in danger.

Horizon Pest Control can successfully eliminate molds inside your home. Our qualified technicians only use high-quality products that will effectively solve your mold problems. To get help with your current mold issue or to learn more about our services, click New Jersey Mold Removal


Interesting Facts About Mold

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Horizon Pest Control,Mold Extermination — Megan Howard @ 3:06 pm June 24, 2013

Mold gets a bad rap these days, and with all the media hype surrounding the “deadly” black mold, its easy to see why. But the reality of it is different, and mold is not as harmful as the news would have you believe. This factsheet aims to address some of the myths and misconceptions that popular media pushes around.

Mold characteristics

Mold Characteristics

  • First, its important to understand what mold is on a biological level. The simplest definition is that mold is a collection of living microorganisms and fungi that are found pretty much everywhere you go.
  • Mold serves an important function in nature, helping break down dead matter and produce useful things such as cheese and Penicillin
  • Mold thrives in dark, damp places where there is plenty of moisture and barely any sunlight.
  • Mold is diverse. Each of the 100,000 different species of mold has its own distinct shape, size, and even color, and it’s all but impossible to identify different types of mold with the naked eye. The only surefire way to identify mold is to have a sample analyzed by a lab with the appropriate tools.
  • Although there are over 100,000 different species of mold, the good news is that a handful of treatment methods are capable of controlling and eliminating all of them.
  • Mold grows on pretty much any material, with porous materials being very receptive to mold growth. They’ve been known to grow on everything from paper to wood, and in some cases, even metals and plastic.
  • In order to spread, molds release airborne spores that are carried and scattered onto various surfaces by the wind. If there is enough moisture, then the mold will thrive.

Health Issues

  • Mold itself is harmless to humans. Rather, the health problems they cause are because of substances called mycotoxins, which are produced by certain molds such as the deadly Black Mold (aka Stachybotrys).
  • It’s important to note that due to the diversity of molds, the color is a poor indicator of what it actually is. Thus, molds colored black are not necessarily the Black Mold, and many black-colored molds are, in fact, completely harmless to humans.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency notes that 90% of our daily time is spent indoors, and indoor air quality is almost always worse than outdoor air quality. Thus, regardless of its effect on humans, mold should be removed from indoor environments to ensure that the air is as clean as possible.
  • The degree to which a person is affected by mold depends on their personal medical history, especially their allergies, rather than anything in the mold itself. The elderly, young children, and those suffering from autoimmune disorders are more likely to be affected by mold.
  • Despite what the news would have you believe, deaths and serious illness due to mold is rare.

Mold Removal

  • Most of the time, tests aren’t necessary to identify the type of mold. Once you see mold, its best to remove it.
  • At present, organizations have not yet agreed upon what would constitute an unsafe level of mold in a home. They do, however, agree that the presence of a musty, moldy odor indicates a high level of mold, one that needs to be treated.
  • Mold grows on a wide variety of materials, and its very difficult to find materials that mold won’t grow on. Thus, the best way to control mold growth is to control water issues.
  • For many homeowners, leaking pipes and plumbing fixtures are the most common sources of unwanted moisture. Fixing these not only reduces the likelihood of mold growth, but also reduces your monthly water bill.
  • Cleaning mold off of infested surfaces can be difficult, especially if the material in question is porous. Porous materials can house spores that are all but impossible to remove, and in those cases the infested item should just be discarded.
  • If you have a basement, invest in a good sump pump with a battery backup system. Due to the way sump pump systems work, failure often means a river of water flowing into your basement, and a very costly repair. The cost of a good sump pump is far, less than the cost of water damage repair and mold removal.
  • Most mold problems in basements are due to seepage around cracks in walls near plumbing. Inspect and repair any leaks in the plumbing, and seal up the cracks to ensure that no moisture can seep through.
  • Air out your basement regularly to encourage fresh air exchange.

Mold, like many other things we consider pests, serves an important function in nature, helping to regulate the growth and decay of plant matter. It’s presence straddles the rather fine line between usefulness and harmfulness and is quite intimidating to deal with, especially with larger infestation. Hopefully, by that the key to mold control is moisture control and using the information presented in this document, you’ll be able to tackle your mold problems with confidence.

If you need professional mold removal service in New Jersey, get in touch with Horizon Pest Control. Simply click Mold Removal Services in New Jersey and set-up an appointment.

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How to Deal With Basement Mold

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Green Pest Control,Horizon Pest Control,Mold Extermination — Megan Howard @ 3:54 pm June 17, 2013

About Mold:

Simply put, mold is a collection of microorganisms and fungi that like to grow in dark, damp environments. Mold is taxonomically diverse, having over 100,000 different species each with its own unique characteristics like size, shape, and color. In nature, mold helps break decaying matter down and actually helps in the production of certain foods like cheese. In homes, however, mold is highly unappealing, and can severe mold infestations can cause allergic reactions in certain individuals.

Despite what the mainstream media likes to say about mold, most commonly encountered molds are harmless and deaths caused by mold are highly uncommon.

Facts About Basement Mold:

Basements usually have no ventilation due to the lack of windows, and are highly humid due to the large amount of plumbing that often runs through them. This combination of factors, a lack of sunlight and fresh air, and high humidity, is what makes basements more prone to mold than any other region of a house. But in spite of this, basement mold CAN be controlled, as long as you know what to do.

Undetected basement mold


  • Sump pump failure is the most common cause of excess moisture leading to mold growth. Investing in a good, high quality, sump pump with a battery backup and other redundancies is always cheaper than paying to have a flooded basement professionally drained, dried, and cleaned.
  • Seepage is another common cause of mold growth, often from cracks in the home’s foundation. Mold growth is usually centered around the crack, making it easy to treat provided you seal up the crack, and others like it, to prevent recurrence.
  • If you’ve got back basement stairs leading to the basement, ensure that the floor drain cover hasn’t been blocked up by leaves, or get a cover that prevents it from happening
  • Be sure to air out your basement from time to time to ensure that the air inside doesn’t go stale.
  • Excess moisture is your enemy. Moisture problems can occur at joints where two dissimilar materials, like wood and stone, meet. This occurs because the materials expand and contract at different rates.
  • Leaking pipes are another source of excess moisture. Fixing these leaks brings two benefits: first, you’ll eliminate another potential cause of excess mold, and second, you’ll save money on your monthly water bill.
  • If water enters your basement, you have 48 hours before mold growth begins to dry it out. Dehumidifiers and blower fans are the most effective tools for drying a flooded basement.
  • Basement carpeting and drywall that has been exposed to water usually has to be discarded. Their porous nature allows them to retain mold spores regardless of how well you clean them.
  • When building your basement, opt for tile flooring as opposed to wood or carpet, as tile is less prone to mold growth than the other two.
  • Don’t neglect the basement area when cleaning the house. Clean it at least once a week to air it out and get rid of excess moisture.

Horizon Pest Control provides cure for mold problems. We eliminate the source of the problem making sure that the molds will never come back. To know more about our services, click Mold Removal NJ.

The Hidden Dangers of Mold

Filed under: Mold Extermination,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 7:43 pm March 30, 2013

All across the country homeowners silently grapple with an unseen problem. It’s so small you can’t be seen with the naked eye, and by the time it IS visible, its already a problem. It has been linked to things as benign as coughing and wheezing, to things more serious like asthma and upper respiratory tract infections. This problem – mold – is one of the most common in America, and if left unchecked, it could lead to serious short- and long-term health problems.

Signs of mold


What is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungus that occurs naturally in the environment, and is found pretty much everywhere you go. It spreads via airborne spores, which are carried into homes through vents, open windows, and even on pets and people. Once landed, spores will grow and thrive in any dark and damp environment such as in basements, attics, crawlspaces, and garages.

Health Problems

It’s important to note that mold itself is not toxic. Rather, certain types of mold produce substances known as mycotoxins which have the potential to cause health problems. For example, the famous Black Mold (toxic stachybotrys), like the name would imply, is colored black, but so are several other variants of mold, many of which are harmless. When dealing with mold, the most reliable way to have them identified is to send a sample off to a lab for analysis.

Numerous studies have linked the toxins produced by molds to several illnesses, including upper respiratory tract infections, coughing and wheezing, and increased asthma symptoms in people with asthma. Children exposed to mold early in their development may also be at risk for developing asthma later on in life.

Treatment and Prevention of Mold Infestation

Depending on the severity of the infestation, and the type of material its on, mold may or may not be easily removable. Oftentimes moldy surfaces can be cleaned with a warm water, a bleach solution, and some sunlight, but certain materials don’t respond well to such treatment. Metals and ceramic surfaces are easy to clean, but wooden surfaces, will often have to be discarded since have microscopic “pores” that mold spores can grow in and can’t be cleaned. The best methods for dealing with mold growth are preventive in nature. Mold cannot grow without moisture, and leaking pipes are the most common sources of moisture for mold, so it helps to ensure that the pipes in the most accessible areas of your home are well maintained. Consult your local plumber or general contractor for assistance with any plumbing-related issues.


Mold, although naturally occurring, can be a serious threat to the health of your home and family if left unchecked so preventive measures should be taken to ensure that mold doesn’t grow out of control.

Horizon Pest Control can help you eliminate the root of your mold problem. Our skilled technicians have access to effective products that will solve your mold issues issues. For immediate help, click Mold Removal NJ and set an appointment with us.

Winter Pest Control Tips

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Horizon Pest Control,Mold Extermination,Pest Control,Pest Management,Termites — Megan Howard @ 12:55 pm January 29, 2013

Come winter time, everyone heads indoors to enjoy the warmth of their fireplaces and cups of hot chocolate. However, mother nature’s creatures often follows us in, taking advantage of the comfortable homes we’ve built for our families to provide a comfortable home for themselves. This is undesirable for a number of reasons, the biggest being that many animals are also disease carriers, so here are some tips you can use to keep animals out of your home.

pest control

1. Plastic containers are your friends

If you’ve got food or other edible objects lying around your house, take them out of whatever cardboard or paper containers they came in, and store them in plastic ones instead. Plastic is not only tougher for to chew through and live in, but the right kinds (like the airtight ones) will also help your foods retain their freshness for longer periods of time.

2. Seal your garbage cans

Garbage cans and bags are treasure troves for animals like the raccoon and rats, who often tear into piles of garbage left outside to pick at the scraps of food. Discourage such behavior by storing your garbage in strong, air tight plastic garbage bags (do yourself a favor and avoid the cheap ones), and keep the bags themselves in sealed garbage cans that aren’t top-heavy so they can’t be easily knocked over and torn apart.

3. Mesh screens

If you live in a home that uses mesh screens on windows and doors, ensure that they’re structurally sound and well maintained, meaning, no holes, tears, or gaps. This will prevent pests from crawling into your home through the windows, while ensuring that your home can get some ventilation when its needed.

4. Close up wall cracks

We’ve mentioned this in our other posts, but it’s important enough to bear repeating: seal up any cracks, gaps, or holes in the walls outside your house. Even holes as small as a quarter are big enough for mice to get through, and more than big enough to allow insects like roaches and termites to get in. You can seal small cracks with caulk purchased from your local hardware store, but for larger ones you should get a contractor to assess and repair the damage.

5. Keep your house clean

Cluttered homes are the perfect homes for pests. The more furniture, junk, and trash, and other assorted goods just laying around your house, the more hiding spaces for bugs and small animals there are. Keeping things neat not only improves the look and feel of your home, but also serves to reduce the number of potential hiding spots, forcing pests to look elsewhere for lodging.

6. Keep your yard clean

Keeping your front and back yard clean helps ward off pests for many of the same reasons as number 5 does: bushes and trees growing near your home provide easy access for climbers like mice or raccoons, and piles of leaves left over from the fall season provide the perfect place for a den or burrow.

7. Call a professional

The best thing about these tips is that they work all year round, not just winter, and they’re quite easy to follow. If done correctly, you’ll never have a problem with pests.

If you’re still having problems despite following the above steps, contact us and we’ll help solve your problem. Visit our Residential Pest Control page to set an appointment with us.

Hurricane Sandy and its Aftermath

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Mold Extermination,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 7:35 pm November 26, 2012

Aftermath of Hurricane SandyThe aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is a troubling one. The superstorm blew a path of destruction through Jamaica and at the time of this writing has affected a grand total of 8 countries, including the United States and Canada. It has caused billions of dollars worth of damage to properties, and homes, and will cost just as much to fix.

In the US, a total of 24 states affected by Hurricane Sandy, and despite of preparations, damage projections currently stand at $50 billion dollars, making it one of the costliest natural disasters in US history.  The East Coast suffered the worst, with New York and New Jersey suffering severe damage both economically and physically. Floods brought about by rising rivers were the most common problem throughout the east coast.


Damaged brought by Hurricane Sandy

Flooding like the kind brought by Sandy is not at all common in this side of the world, so many people may be caught off guard by the problems that come with it. One of the biggest problems that come with a flood comes after the water has receded: mold. The abnormally high levels of moisture and bacteria brought in with the floodwaters combined with the loss of power to environmental control systems helps create the perfect breeding ground for all kinds of mold, both benign and life threatening.

Making this problem worse is the fact that the flood water gets into places that normally don’t see any moisture or sunlight, like basements, between the walls, in cabinets, and in some places, the attic as well. This makes clean up a

lot trickier, since these places are not always easy to reach, and may require renovation in order to fix. Mold can be cleaned off of most hard surfaces with warm water and detergent, but since some materials like wood and carpet, are porous they can’t be cleaned no matter how much water or detergent you use, and are better off discarded.

Sandy didn't beat the USA

Mold is linked to a number of respiratory ailments, can exacerbate asthma, and those with allergies to mold are at risk of severe reactions, up to and including death. The best way to control mold growth is to control the amount of moisture present in the environment, which may be difficult if you have no electricity. Increase ventilation within your home by opening windows and using exhaust fans, and make use of dehumidifiers to control indoor humidity. Additionally,  ensure surfaces are as dry as possible at all times, and take steps to prevent condensation on cold surfaces.

By following these steps you can reduce the chances of mold growth within your home, ensuring a safe, comfortable environment for you and your family.

Horizon Pest Control can help you with your mold problem. We offer programs and treatments that will effectively remove molds in your home. To learn more about our services, call us or visit New Jersey Mold Control.


Why You Should Clean Your Air Ducts To Discourage Mold

Filed under: Mold Control,Mold Extermination — Tags: — Megan Howard @ 2:25 am January 23, 2012

mold growth

Mold is a form of fungi that breeds in warm and moist places. While most forms of mold are harmless to humans and are very useful in decomposing dead matter, there are some unwanted forms of mold that find shelter in our homes. People may become very sick with breathing problems because of the presence of mold spores. Areas which are prone to condensation tend to attract the formation of mold. A common area where condensation takes place is air ducts. This makes it important to clean your air-ducts regularly to avoid mold formation.

How to check for the presence of molds in air-ducts

You can dismantle sections of the air-duct to check for mold. Mold signifies its presence by white or black spots and by a typical musty odor. Regular inspection of the air-ducts is a must as mold breeds at breakneck speed and will spread every time the air vents are turned on.

Air-duct cleaning to get rid of mold

It is best to request the services of a certified and licensed air-duct cleaning firm in your area. They will inspect your air-vent and suggest the right treatment for the mold. The normal course of treatment is a chemical based spray.

Some tips to keep your air-ducts free of mold:

  • Keep the cooling coil of the air-conditioning system dry. It will usually drip water, keep wiping the coil regularly. Spray  disinfectant regularly.
  • Opt for sloping drain pans instead of flat ones.
  • Have your air-duct filter changed regularly. A mold infested filter may cause the mold spores to spread throughout the house.
  • Fiber-glass insulation should be removed as it tends to become breeding colonies for mold infestations. Its better to opt for plain sheet metal minus insulation.

Protect your home and your loved ones from the dangers of molds. If you think you have a mold problem, schedule a free inspection us by calling us or through this link –> New Jersey Mold Control.

Mold Growth During the Winter Months

Filed under: Mold Extermination — Megan Howard @ 2:58 pm December 30, 2011

Mold on ceiling

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.

Mold growthSymptoms of Mold Exposure

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. 

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