What is Mold?
Mold, or commonly misspelled as mould, is a type of fungus, a simple plant, that grows on foods, other plants, and even the walls and floors of your home.
Mold needs moisture and a good food source to grow. A few examples of mold food sources would be any damp or wet surface including, wood, cloth, insulation and bathroom floors. Mold can sometimes be seen topically or on surfaces.
We also have borascopes to look into wall cavities for unseen mold damage.
What is Mildew?
Mildew is a black, sometimes white, growth that forms on different types of Mold. Mildew often forms in areas that are humid and wet. Low airflow and dim lighting also contribute to the growth of additional mold spores that can be carried throughout your house.
Symptoms of Mold and Mildew
The most common health problems associated with mold is allergy related. Thus, are difficult to diagnose.
- Runny Nose
- Itchy Eyes
- Scratchy Throat
- Wheezing and Coughing
Common allergens ‘hiding’ in the home environment:
- Dust mites are microscopic arachnids found anywhere there is dust. Just one gram of dust can contain anywhere from 100 to 500 dust mites.
- Pet dander is small scales of skin shed by animals.
- Mold spores are microscopic fungal “seeds” that thrive in damp areas of the home, such as the basement, kitchen, and bathroom. Carpet and upholstery dust harbors millions of fungal spores.
- Cockroaches are common, unseen house guests. Their body parts and droppings are highly allergenic.
- Pollen is the microscopic reproductive component of flowering plants and trees. It enters the home from outdoors and is a common component of house dust.
- Allergens are constantly tracked into the home from outdoors. Some are present in the home because of pets, while others (such as mold) grow in damp areas. Research has shown that indoor carpet environments act as a collector for these allergens. When carpets are not professionally cleaned regularly, these particles can become airborne
Basic Steps to Prepare for a Hurricane
- Learn about your community’s emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes and locations of emergency shelters.
- Identify potential home hazards and know how to secure or protect them before the hurricane strikes. Be prepared to turn off electrical power when there is standing water or a fallen power line, or before you evacuate. Turn off gas and water supplies before you evacuate. Secure structurally unstable building materials.
- Buy a fire extinguisher and make sure your family knows where to find it and how to use it.
- Locate and secure your important papers, such as insurance policies, wills, licenses, stocks, etc.
- Post emergency phone numbers at every phone.
- Inform local authorities about any special needs, i.e., elderly or bed-ridden individuals or anyone with a disability.