About Mold
Mold is a sub-group of the fungi kingdom. There are tens of thousands of different types of molds. Mold spores are generally classified into three different categories when pertaining to health: toxic, pathogenic and allergenic.

How Does Mold Grow?
All molds need water to grow. Mold can grow almost anywhere there is water damage, high humidity, or dampness. Most often molds are confined to areas near the source of water. Removing the source of moisture (such as through repairs or dehumidification) is critical to preventing mold growth.

What Should You Do If Mold Is Present In Your Home?

Although any visible mold can be sampled by an environmental consultant and/or analyzed by a laboratory specializing in microbiology, these tests can be very expensive (from hundreds, to thousands of dollars). There is no simple and cheap way to sample the air in your home to find out what types of mold are present and whether they are airborne. Even if you have your home tested, it is difficult to say at what levels health effects would occur. Therefore, it is more important to get rid of the mold rather than find out more about it. The most effective way to treat mold is to correct underlying water damage and clean the affected area.

How Should Mold Be Cleaned?
Mold should be cleaned as soon as it appears. Persons cleaning mold should be free of symptoms and al1ergies. Small areas of mold should be cleaned using a detergent/soapy solution or an appropriate household cleaner. Gloves should be worn during cleaning. The cleaned area should then be thoroughly dried. Dispose of any sponges or rags used to clean mold.

Mold in Basement
Advises Giles, "Notice the basement and notice if there is water damage or seeping. Standing water breeds bacteria and fungi and it gets into air and causes respiratory illness."

Mold Survey Questions

  • Does your home or basement have a musty, moldy smell?
  • Does your home or basement have a feeling of dampness or high humidity?
  • Do you notice any signs of respiratory discomfort (sinus, asthma, etc.)?
  • Do you notice more mold in your upstairs or in your basement?
  • Have your sewers ever backed up?
  • Has your basement ever flooded?
  • After a heavy rain or when the snow melts, is there any evidence of water seepage in your basement or is it just a case of dampness?
  • Would you have more peace of mind (or be more comfortable) with your home if you could find an affordable way to eliminate the mold and the water that causes it?

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