FAQ: Frequently Asked Mold Questions

In our past blog post, we explained the early warning signs of mold to help you become aware of it before it becomes a bigger issue. Mold isn’t a simple thing, and you probably have a lot of questions concerning mold. We want you to be comfortable about the topic and make sure you know everything you need to know, in case you ever need to begin the mold removal process. 
Here are some common questions and answers about mold in homes:
What is mold?
Mold is a fungus that lives in areas where there is moisture, oxygen and organic matter.  They do not have mouths or digestive tracts.  Instead, they release digestive enzymes that break down paper, fruits, leaves, shoe leather, bacon or anything else they have landed on and can use for food.  The molds then absorb the liquefied food. When mold is found indoors, it can cause health problems and as well as structural problems in buildings.
What makes mold grow in my home?
Mold cannot penetrate through entire walls or other intact surfaces.  Mold enters your home as tiny spores.  They are in the air, or carried into a building through open doors and windows, or any opening, even very small ones in fact, and settle on a surface with ideal conditions for growth (moisture, heat, food source).
Where does mold grow?
Molds reproduce through microscopic spores which are released into the air.  If they settle on a surface that has the right amount of water and food and is at the right temperature, the spores will germinate.  Mold will grow in areas of your home that is prone to moisture, like your basement or bathroom. However, mold also likes to grow in dark areas that are hard to see, such as behind walls, under the floor, or in the air conditioning system.
Should I test for mold?
There is no reason to test for mold. Knowing the type of mold that is growing in your home is not going to help you or make a difference in how you get rid of the problem. If you notice the growing signs of mold, you should have it removed as soon as possible. Removing mold is harder than most people think, so it is a good idea to seek out a professional.

If you find yourself with a mold issue in your home, our trained experts at Hays + Sons can be trusted to remove the mold from your home. We will leave your home and your loved ones safe and worry-free. Give us a call today, and we will get the mold out of your house as quickly as possible.

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