Mold spores can grow anywhere there is moisture. These tiny microorganisms have been around since the beginning of time and they have found many ways to propagate. When mold finds a breeding ground inside your home and starts to grow, it will eventually cause damage to the home’s structure and contents. In addition, mold can also lead to multiple health issues.

People are often confused about mold damage and ask many different questions about it. So, today we are going to answer some common questions about mold damage.

How Dangerous is Mold?

Most mold is not dangerous to human beings.  However, certain types of mold are linked to respiratory problems among healthy people. If you are exposed to mold for an extended period, you may experience several problems, including:

  • Itchiness
  • Stiffness
  • Wheezing
  • Runny noses
  • Fever
  • Eye irritation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Watery eyes
  • Depression

What Causes Mold Growth?

Mold generally grows in damp areas with improper ventilation. It also needs nutrients like wood, drywall or dead cells to develop.

How to Prevent Mold Growth?

Controlling moisture is critical for preventing mold growth inside your home. Act quickly in the event of a spillage or leak. Dry areas within 24 to 48 hours of exposure to moisture to prevent mold growth.

Another important factor is the level of humidity. Mold tends to grow when the level of moisture in the air inside the home is high. Increase ventilation by using a fan or opening windows to reduce the level of moisture within your home. Also, avoid moisture-producing activities such as drying clothes inside the rooms of your home to control humidity. 

What are Some Signs of Mold?

Strange Odor

Mold gives off a pungent smell. You might already be familiar with this smell. Even when it is faint, you should be able to recognize it. If you get a vague smell of something mold-like, it is essential to take this sign very seriously. As soon as you notice a strange pungent odor in your home, try to look for visible manifestations. Even if you cannot see any mold, it does not mean that there is not a problem. After all, if you smell something strange it means that there is mold hiding somewhere.

Visible Manifestation

Mold colonies usually present as circular, dark blotches on ceilings and walls. Serious mold infestation spreads outwards on the surface as mold searches for more material to feed on. Mold can also appear as discoloration on a surface, giving off the appearance of dirt or dust. These changes are often overlooked because they are not obvious. You should pay attention to the discoloration of surfaces and call a professional if you think that there might be a mold problem in your home.

Who to Call for Mold Removal?

If you want to have the mold removed from your home, contact Service Team of Professionals (S.T.O.P.). Our expert technicians have extensive training in the field and follow the highest industry standards.  You can trust that we will take care of the mold properly. We offer our mold damage restoration services in the areas of Philadelphia, Bucks County, and Montgomery County. Please call us at 844-777-STOP (7867) to get 24/7 emergency services or to schedule an estimate.