What will mold and mildew do to your home?

One of the top reasons why waterproofing your basement or crawlspace is vital is the prevention of mold and mildew. Beyond being unsightly or smelly, mildew and mold can be dangerous to your home

and incredibly hazardous to your home. Here at Rogers Basement Waterproofing we have seen all sorts of mold, and we know that even small amounts of mold and mildew may indicate big problems.

What is mold?

There are approximately 1,000 types of mold that can commonly end up in the average North American home, but there are 10,000 varieties of mold overall, give or take. Mold is a fungus, and it thrives in basements and anywhere else that is warm, humid, or damp. Mildew, or what is commonly referred to as mildew is really just a type of mold. Molds and mildews are pretty hearty though; often you can find mold growing almost anywhere.

If you have spotted mold, you aren’t looking at a single organism. Molds and mildews are actually many little fungi growing together. They eat organic matter, and they multiply by releasing spores, which are like seeds, spread by air, water, or touch transfer, and this in turn leads to new growth.

What does mold look like?

You have seen mold and mildew before. Most people know mold from groceries left too long in the refrigerator; dark spots on slices of bread or the hair you find growing on old fruit. Bathrooms often are good spots for mold and mildew sightings like with black spots in in your toilet bowl above the water line and pink or dark discolorations in the shower or bath.

Is mold ever good?

While mold in your home is bad, mold is perfectly fine when found outside in nature. Mold is really almost everywhere. These fungi serve to help in the breakdown and decomposition of dead organic material like wood, leaves, and other plant parts; and they often can be found living on other organic matter like soil and plants. Mold is very vital to our ecosystem, as they work to recycle nutrients from dead matter to put them back into the environment for other organisms to benefit from.

When is mold bad?

Mold is bad if people who are sensitive to it come in contact with it and become ill, and that is more likely to happen when there is mold in an indoor area. The fact that mold can make many people ill is a prime reason why you don’t want to have mold in your home. Not all molds only cause problems for those with sensitivity; some can make anyone ill. This means that you want to get rid of mold as soon as you discover it, as the worst thing it can do to your home is make others terribly sick.

Your structure is also impacted by mold in many ways. The first issue is that mold and mildew is aesthetically unpleasing, and it also has an unpleasant and noticeable, musty odor, for the most part. Furthermore, mold can lead to structural problems because it will eat away at your home’s concrete and wood, getting more and more severe over time.

Conclusion

Mold is something you really don’t want in your home. Beyond being smelly and unsightly, mold can make people ill and destroy your home. Additionally, the presence of mold will lower your property’s value because it is truly dangerous and destructive. If you have mold, you need to take action to remove it right away to save your home and to keep others healthy. Also, you should take steps to remove the underlying cause of the mold, which is usually due to a water or moisture problem which can lead to many other problems.

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