They can grow almost anywhere where there is moisture and organic material, such as in soil, food and plants, and in people's homes. To reproduce, molds release spores, which can spread through the air, water, or animals. If there is mold in the basement or basement, its spores will spread throughout the house. This is called the “Stack effect”.
Due to the chimney effect, warm air rises in the house and exits through the upper levels and the attic. When this occurs, a vacuum is created in the lower level that draws air upward from the mezzanine and basement. Mold spores, dust mites, odors, and anything that's in the air will enter the main area of the house, where you breathe. A mold infestation can colonize within 1 to 14 days.
Mold is a fungus that uses spores to repopulate and spread over large areas. Starting by taking root in a food source, mold starts in one place and then spreads to the outside. The part that people see and recognize is the fruiting body of the mold, where the spores are found and then released into the air. Mold spores are constantly being released from a mold colony in search of a new place where moisture, heat and food are abundant.
The first step in eliminating mold in your home is to realize that mold is growing in your space. Once the mold is discovered, the process of stopping the moisture that causes the ideal growth space for the colony begins. Mold spreads when spores are released into the air and travel there or on hosts, such as animals, people, or in water. Dietary sources of mold include building materials affected by water, such as paper, wood, carpets, insulation, and drywall.
While it's common to find a piece of moldy bread or a rotten tomato on the counter, finding excess mold elsewhere in the house or office can be cause for alarm. If excess moisture is a problem throughout your home or business, mold is likely to become a problem for you as well, as it spreads and grows quickly, sometimes in a matter of days. Drying out a space that has been infected by mold is an essential step because mold colonies begin to die as soon as the moisture is removed from their reach. HRS certified technicians based in Denver use professional quality tools to clean and disinfect all areas covered by mold.
We'll also cover the signs of a mold problem in your home, from the physical symptoms you may experience to the type of damage you might notice in your home. Needing just three things to survive, moisture, heat and food, mold easily forms and spreads throughout the house or office. Determining where mold is commonly found in homes can help you prevent and treat it so you can keep your home mold-free and your body healthy. In addition to the damage that mold can cause in your home, it can also cause mild to serious health problems for people who are sensitive to its spores.
Mold growths will thrive in humid, warm, and dark areas and will continue to spread as long as there is a food source available. So it's essential that you also look for signs of mold in your home if you're experiencing these symptoms.