Mold: A Danger to Home & Health

Mold on Walls and CeilingPART I: A Fungus Among Us!

One of the biggest problems in a humid climate like ours is mold. This fungus, of which there are different kinds, thrives in damp environments, can propagate in summer or winter and can become a health crisis within 24 to 48 hours.

Preventing mold in your home and eliminating a mold problem if you have one is critical. It will not just protect the value of your home, it will safeguard you and your loved ones’ health. That is why Custom Climate Concepts has developed this three-part series:

Part I: A Fungus Among Us

Part II: Your HVAC Company can Identify and Eliminate Mold

Part III: How to Prevent Problems With Mold on an Ongoing Basis

It’s Alive!

Mold is not a plant or an animal, however it is alive. Mold is a type of fungus that is part of a group of living organisms, some of which are beneficial, such as penicillin and yeast. Household mold, on the other hand, is not beneficial to anyone or anything. It can be found on food and can grow on floors, walls, ceilings and personal possessions.

For mold to grow, it requires warmth, moisture and food. If it doesn’t have these items, it will not grow. However, it will not die either. The mold spores will remain dormant, and if the warmth, moisture and food return, so will the mold, within a short space of time.

Health Issues & Toxic Mold

Exposure to damp and moldy environments is linked to a variety of detrimental health effects. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention links mold, in general, to upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people and asthma symptoms in people with asthma. It is also linked to shortness of breath, respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children and to potential development of asthma in susceptible individuals.

Toxic mold is a term that is used to describe types of mold that are considered harmful or deadly to humans. Most people think this refers to one particular species of mold; however, it encompasses hundreds of species, a small fraction of which are not very harmful to the human body. Black mold is commonly used as a name for the most harmful mold species, which happen to be black in appearance. However, even molds of a different color can be toxic to the human body.

If you think you have a mold problem in your home, you do not need to find out what type of mold you may have. All molds should be treated the same when it comes to health risks and removal. All indoor mold growth should be removed promptly, no matter what type, or types of mold is present.

Common Causes of Moisture & Mold

  • Plumbing system leaks
  • Air conditioning condensation
  • Flooding
  • Poor roof design
  • Incorrectly installed insulation
  • High indoor humidity exacerbated by inadequate ventilation
  • Large temperature differences
  • Leaking ductwork

If you suspect you have mold, or just want to learn more about it, call Custom Climate concepts at 941-955-Cool (2665).

Keep an eye out for Part II of this blog series about mold: How Your HVAC Company can Identify and Eliminate Mold Problems.