Common misconceptions about mold and mildew

Mildew vs Mold: Taking the Fear Out of Mold

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Mold is one of those words that doesn’t sit well with people and is often correlated with a negative emotion. There is often a fear of mold and what it connotes. While there are many health effects that could be associated with long-term mold exposure, it’s important to discover that those pesky spores growing in your home are not the end of the world. If you’re equipped with the proper education on what mold is and how to eradicate it, you can start to rest easy knowing that its removal is not a terrifying process.

What Is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that can grow naturally both indoors and outdoors when exposed to the right conditions (they typically thrive in humid, warm environments.) There are actually thousands of different types of mold and can be found growing on things such as food, which is an organic material like wood in your home. Additionally, in its penicillin form, fungus is common antibiotic we use to help stave off disease!

The fact that there are so many different types of molds can be a daunting idea to digest. However, if you think about it, mold is just like us—it’s a living, breathing organism and comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be harmful, which creates a fear of mold, but there are many forms that are beneficial. For instance, mold is crucial to some processes of organic matter decomposition, and we even eat mold on a daily basis (think of those bleu cheese crumbles on your salad.)

Why Was I So Worried About Mold?

While mold is definitely not something to stress heavily over, it’s still something that needs to be addressed when you find it indoors. Long-term exposure can have negative health effects related to asthma, inflammation, and sinus issues. One study indicates that the most common disease closely associated with mold is allergies.

I Found Mold Growing Indoors—What Should I Do?

If you’ve discovered mold growing indoors, you are going to want to call in a professional who can analyze, remove, and take steps to remediate your mold problem so it doesn’t come back. The process requires specific equipment and expertise to completely eradicate and it’s not something that you want to try getting rid of on your own.

Alpha Environmental employs licensed professionals who have years of experience eliminating and remediating all types of mold. We utilize the most modern techniques and equipment to ensure that your home is free from any hazards that indoor molds can cause to your health. Calling in a mold specialist to investigate is the first step in safely and confidently exterminating mold – it’s just one more thing we’ll take care of for you so you don’t have to worry.

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