Mold is a naturally occurring organic organism that is a vital part of our outdoor ecosystem. It is everywhere, and there are over 60,000+ different species of mold out there. Mold species such as Penicillium & Aspergillus are some that you may recognize. Other species such as Stachybotrys & Chaetomium are also relatively well known, as they are what we refer to as “black mold” here in the mold remediation industry. It’s important for Connecticut homeowners to understand the stark differences between naturally occurring outdoor mold growth in their surrounding environment, and abnormal mold development within their homes. This knowledge could be what saves your home from severe mold growth & damage in the future.
What Exactly Is Mold?
Mold, like many other forms of fungi, thrives in warm, moist conditions. When given the opportunity, under the right conditions, invasive indoor mold growth can spread rapidly – in as little as 24 to 48 hours. Mold is extremely opportunistic, and will grow wherever and whenever it gets the chance. On one hand, it is completely natural & relatively harmless for there to be slight levels of mold spores in the atmosphere of your home. On the other hand, it is important for homeowners to be able to differentiate between normal mold spore count in the air & abnormal fungal development in your property. Elevated mold growth takes place when naturally occurring mold spores are given the opportunity to develop in excess in an indoor environment, exceeding natural outdoor spore counts. Porous building materials such as wood, drywall, insulation & even furniture can easily harbor moisture, easily becoming prone to mold damage. If mold is left to spread continually, it can easily diminish the structural integrity of your home, potentially posing a severe health & safety risk.
Health & Safety Risks Of Mold
Healthy adult human beings’ immune systems should easily be able to adapt to their natural surroundings. With that being said, naturally occurring outdoor mold spores, with little exposure, can easily be fought off by a healthy immune system. However, prolonged exposure to larger quantities of indoor mold contamination has proven to be more difficult for some people’s immune systems to defend against. Bear in mind that sensitivities and reactions will vary per individual. Mold’s mycotoxins can be especially irritating to individuals with allergies, asthma & other respiratory issues. Symptoms of mold sensitivities & allergic reactions may include:
- Coughing, sore throat & itchy throat
- Sneezing, runny or stuffy nose
- Rash & skin irritation
- Irritated eyes
Signs Of Mold In Connecticut Properties
Besides the potential health & safety implications that mold can cause, mold also poses a severe threat to the structural integrity of your property. This is why it’s so important for Connecticut property owners to be aware of the indicators of a mold problem, handling them as soon as possible. As previously mentioned, the longer amount of time you give mold to spread, the more damage it can cause to your property. Educating yourself on signs of mold will give you a great advantage when it comes to maintaining and caring for your property. Signs of excessive mold development in your home or business to look out for include:
- Prior water damage from leakage, flooding or excess moisture
- Excess humidity or excess moisture
- Staining or discoloration on walls, floors & ceilings
- Musty odors
- Chalky or fuzzy substances settled on surfaces – walls, floors & ceilings, as well as furniture
- Damaged wall finishes (paint, wallpaper, etc.) – peeling bubbling or cracking
If you have noticed any signs of potential mold development in your property, it is important that you do not hesitate when it comes to taking action. Contact a local professional mold inspection & remediation company in your Fairfield County, CT area to assess the damage. A certified, professional mold inspector will be able to assess any areas of concern, isolate the source of moisture causing mold growth, determine the extent of mold contamination present, and develop a professional plan for remediation. Inspectors & technicians will also be able to recommend tips for further mold prevention. When it comes to finding mold in your Connecticut property, early intervention is the way to go. That’s why we encourage everyone to educate themselves on signs of mold, and how to handle it.