So you’ve spotted an ominous white cluster on the baseboards in the bathroom and, in a panic, you’ve Google searched pictures of mold to compare the millions of stock photos to the unusual growth.
Maybe you’ve seen some labeled images of dust but they look a little too close to mold, and then you began to wonder: What even is mold?
You might know that mold loves moisture, but beyond that, your knowledge is severely limited. Well, before your family finds you on your hands and knees on the tile floor, we’re here to provide all the knowledge you need to understand exactly what mold is and what to do about it.
The Science Behind Mold Growth
Recall back to fifth-grade science class, when you learned about the six kingdoms of life, possibly using a mnemonic device such as “Aunt Polly Always Enjoys Pretty Flowers” to remember Animal, Plant, Archaebacteria, Eubacteria, Protist, and Fungi. Ring a bell?
Mold, just like mushrooms, are part of the Fungi kingdom that break down dead, organic materials in nature. However, while you may have heard the joke that the mushroom is always invited to the party because he’s a FUNgi, mold in your home often arrives unwelcomed.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) mold loves to grow in places where there is a lot of moisture, which means if you have leaky roofs, windows, or pipes, there is a better chance of mold finding the proper nutrients to develop. Materials like wood, cardboard, and paper are also perfect for mold growth as well as probably the most common, and most hidden item in the house: dust.
But, while you may be familiar with your Swiffer Duster that gets used a little too often, what exactly is that layer of fuzz coating your shelves, and what does it have to do with mold growth?
Is Mold Really That Different from Dust?
“Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air,” the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) explains.
This means that mold spores can easily cling to things either already in the home or that are brought into it. Clothes, pets, and shoes, are all possible candidates for potential mold spores, and once in the home, these spores love to attach to airborne dust particles.
Dust itself is a mixture of organic and inorganic particles like dirt, pollen, dead skin cells, dander, and lint. Mold, on the other hand, uses dust as a transportation and growth system. To give you a better visual, imagine dust as the train and mold as the passengers—well, if humans could self-reproduce.
What to Do About Mold
While household dust itself is not necessarily harmful, the attraction of mold spores to airborne particles can be a little worrisome to homeowners who don’t have time to get the duster out every time a piece of lint collects on the TV stand.
Studies show that Americans spend more than 90% of their time indoors where dust runs rampant, making it very important that you have all the resources to keep both dust and mold out of the home.
Maybe those stock photos of mold aren’t cutting it, or maybe your dusty living room is triggering some pretty bad sneezing attacks that you don’t want to become a more serious issue. Either way, Discreet Air Quality is here to help!
You can easily contact Discreet Air Quality to schedule a moisture and mold assessment and get all of your questions answered by an experienced mold inspector. Our qualified professionals will provide you with the help you need to care for your home and those living in it.
Call 754-702-7019 to get started today!