What is Mold?

Black, white, green, and orange. Aspergillus, Stachybotrys, Cladosporium, and Chaetomium. Different types of mold that are harmful include allergenic, pathogenic, and toxigenic molds. Allergenic molds cause allergies and allergic reactions. Pathogenic molds cause infections and can affect the immune system. Certain molds are toxic and can cause serious and sometimes deadly health conditions.

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How does Mold affect our health?

Sensitized individuals, those with numerous allergies, asthma sufferers, and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to be affected when mold is present in the home. There are also mold related infections. Toxic molds can affect anyone, even healthy individuals.


Mold grows naturally outside in moist areas. To reproduce beyond its moist home mold produces spores, which stay viable in dry conditions and easily become airborne. Spores can enter the home through open doors and windows, and on our clothing and our pets. A spore only needs to come into contact with moisture to grow into mold. So, if the home has high humidity or water leaks or has experienced flooding, mold can grow in it. Exacerbated by low air flow, wet areas can retain water even if stains are not visible. If an area stays wet for more than 48 hours, there is the potential for mold growth.


Fix water leaks immediately and dry wet and damaged areas. Control how much moisture is present in areas such as bathrooms and ensure there is adequate ventilation. Consider using dehumidifiers in basements.

Why do I need Mold Remediation?

A specially trained and certified mold remediation company is needed to properly remove mold from a building. Mold remediation equipment is used to remove mold in a home and may include setting up containment areas with negative air pressure to avoid further contaminating the home.

More information can be found at

https://www.survivingmold.com/ -Ritchie Shoemaker, M. D.

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Steve D.