Where Mold Can Grow
Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.Molds are found everywhere, They reproduce by spores, which are carried by air currents. When spores land on a moist surface suitable for life, they begin to grow. Once Mold in inhaled it can begin to grow in a persons lungs.
Mold Assessment/ Removal
Molds are ubiquitous, and mold spores are a common component of household and workplace dust. In large amounts they can be a health hazard to humans, potentially causing allergic reactions and respiratory problems.
Some molds produce mycotoxins that can pose serious health risks to humans and animals. "Toxic mold" refers to molds which produce mycotoxins, such as Stachybotrys chartarum. Exposure to high levels of mycotoxins can lead to neurological problems and death. Prolonged exposure (for example, daily exposure) can be particularly harmful.
Symptoms of mold exposure may include:
- Nasal and sinus congestion; runny nose - Eye irritation; itchy, red, watery eyes
- Respiratory problems, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing, and chest tightness
- Throat irritation
- Skin irritation, such as a rash
- Persistent sneezing