Mold in Your Home (Facts)


Molds are simple, microscopic organisms, found virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Molds can be found on plants, foods, dry leaves, and other organic material. Molds are needed for breaking down dead material. Mold spores are very tiny and lightweight, and this allows them to travel through the air. Mold growths can often be seen in the form of discoloration, ranging from white to orange and from green to brown and black. When molds are present in large quantities, they can cause allergic symptoms similar to those caused by plant pollen.

For mold to grow, it needs:

  • food sources – such as leaves, wood, paper, or dirt
  • a source of moisture
  • a place to grow

Yes, if there is moisture available to allow mold to thrive and multiply. The following are sources of indoor moisture that may cause problems:

  • flooding
  • backed-up sewers
  • leaky roofs
  • humidifiers
  • mud or ice dams
  • damp basement or crawl spaces
  • constant plumbing leaks
  • house plants – watering can generate large amounts of moisture
  • steam from cooking
  • shower/bath steam and leaks
  • wet clothes on indoor drying lines
  • clothes dryers vented indoors
  • combustion appliances (e.g. stoves) not exhausted to the outdoors

 

Call Arizona Environmental Specialists with all of your mold related questions at 480.862.3123

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