Mold and mildew have earned reputations as major household hassles. Both are fungi, but there’s nothing fun about either of them. From causing flaking tile grout to creating persistent allergies, mold and mildew are never welcome guests in any home.
Mold consists of microscopic organisms, which grow in the bathroom, and throughout the home. Common greenish-black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum) thrives in walls, through the ceiling, vents, under carpets, and anywhere it can find moisture.
At this point, you’re probably aware of the potential for mold growth in your home. And you’ve surely heard about the adverse effects of mold exposure on your overall health. However, what you may not know is that mold can be quite sly.
Your home is your sanctuary. It’s where you feel safe, cozy and most comfortable. It’s the place where you should have the least worry, unless your house is full of children who can’t remember to pick up their dirty clothes. Other than that, life at home is meant to be fairly easy.
You probably don’t realize how many times you have had mold in your home, and you mistake it for dust. Gravity will always pull dust to the top of a horizontal surface. If you ever find “dust” on the bottom of a surface, such as a shelf, you are looking at mold.
Mold and mildew can show up anywhere given the right conditions, including your automobile. So, what do you do when mold shows up in your car? Do you have a window seal that leaks inside your car? Did you leave the windows or sunroof open during a recent rainstorm?
We've all been there: you're feeling under the weather, but you don't know what's causing it. You go to the doctor, who says that your symptoms are likely due to an allergy or another illness. They prescribe an antibiotic or steroid medication that helps with the symptoms but doesn't actually get rid of them entirely.
Thankfully, it’s summertime. That means warmer temps across the country. Many homeowners use this as an excuse to open windows and let the fresh air inside. Not only is it pleasant to the senses, but fresh air can also help dilute airborne mold spores and create a healthier environment.