Household Mold: What It Is and Isn't
Ask most homeowners what black mold is and they can easily describe it. Dark-colored, slimy and smelly, it’s one of the most common household annoyances. But do you know just how many kinds there are, what causes them and what you may be doing to encourage more mold? The fact is, the more you know about mold, the better you can protect your Boca Del Mar, FL, home from being infested. Keep reading to learn what makes mold tick - and how you can keep it at bay.
What Mold Is
On its face, mold is a smelly, unsightly nuisance that turns up in bathrooms, beneath sinks, behind water heaters and any other moist areas of the home. But there’s much more to it. Mold is actually a type of fungus, spread through seed-like spores. Many homeowners don’t realize:
- Mold spores are everywhere in our environment and can’t be prevented
- Mold thrives in areas with moisture problems, leaching nutrients from organic matter
- Cleaning visible mold doesn’t fully eliminate the problem
In short, mold is an ever-present organism that can’t truly be eliminated. But while its spores can’t be eradicated, the chances of it growing in your home can be minimized.
What Mold Isn’t
One of the biggest misconceptions is that black mold is something you can kill with a sponge and a little elbow grease. The truth is, like any plant organism, mold has roots that often spread into grout or other organic materials. If those aren’t removed, even if you wipe off the mold you can see, the fungus will come back.
The more you know about mold, the more you can do to stop it in its tracks. Remember these pointers and keep your eyes peeled for black mold. Don’t hesitate to call a mold cleanup specialist at the first sign of fungus. It can save you a lot of money and frustration in the long run.