Mold spores spread too quickly and too easily. Unless the source of moisture is eliminated immediately, mold will flourish fast and will devastate your living space. Its invisible airborne spores are carried in the air current and they can affect the building materials as well as your personal possessions. Before you know it, your entire home will be contaminated and the damage will get more and more severe every day. As a result, mold remediation will be a tedious and difficult process and can be very expensive because extensive and costly repairs will be required to replace all the damaged materials and restore the good living conditions in your home.
Mildew can be found on many different surfaces. It is a thin, black, or sometimes white, growth produced by mold. Molds are simple plants belonging to the group known as fungi. Though molds are always present in the air, those that cause mildew need moisture and certain temperatures to grow. They commonly develop in humid summer weather, especially in closed houses.
These molds grow on anything from which they can get enough food. In homes they develop most often on cotton, linen, rayon, silk, wool, leather, wood and paper. Many synthetic fibers resist mildew.
If you are allergic or sensitive to mould, you may develop a stuffy nose, irritated eyes, wheezing or difficulty with breathing or skin irritation. People with weakened immune systems and with chronic lung diseases may be susceptible to infections. People with a pre-existing heart or lung condition should seek medical advice before using a P2 mask as they can make it harder to breathe normally. If you are asthmatic and intend to do the clean-up work, keep your asthma medication with you at all times. If you show any signs of asthma, get some fresh air and follow your asthma action plan.
Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.