February 20, 2020
Mold infestation is a serious health threat

Mold is a type of fungus that can be really beneficial or extremely harmful, depending on where it is growing.

In outdoor environments, mold decomposes dead substances and deposits them back in the ecosystem. It replenishes the nutrients in the soil, and is often grown in home gardens for improved aesthetics and potential benefits to the surrounding plants.

However, if these microorganisms find a way indoors, they can, quite literally, wreak havoc for you and your family.

Mold Infestation

A mold infestation produces a weird musty smell and results in ugly black patches on the walls, ceiling, and floor of your house. While it lacks the mass and weight to cause any structural damages, mold can cause serious health problems if it gains a foothold in your house.

Mold reproduces through the dispersion of spores. This means that prolific mold growth can significantly reduce the indoor air quality of your home. This, in turn, leads to respiratory issues with symptoms like chest tightness and difficulty in breathing. If left untreated, a mold infestation can also increase your risk of allergic reactions and chronic skin infections.

Preventing Mold Infestation

The most effective way to prevent these microorganisms from taking over your house is to control the indoor moisture level.

Mold thrives in cold and damp areas. Therefore, you must ensure that there are no leaks whatsoever. Make sure that all rooms, especially the bathrooms and the kitchen, are well ventilated to prevent moisture buildup.

If you live in a humid region, use de-humidifiers to limit the moisture content indoors. Insulate windows, roofs, and piping to avoid condensation as it contributes to mold growth.

While moisture is the primary factor, mold can grow anywhere, including wood, concrete, paper, and even furnishings like carpets.

If you notice small black patches around the house, or think that these microbes might be growing in hidden spots in your basement and the likes, contact Green Stone Energy at 610.696.2658. We offer mold testing and mold removal services to help you get rid of this nuisance for good.

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