Frequently Asked Questions
Mold has been around since the beginning of time. It floats in the air like pollen. It has become an issue in recent history due to modern construction materials and practices. Today our homes are built to be energy efficient, so they don’t experience air exchanges like homes used to in the past. The ideal environment for mold growth occurs when air is trapped in a home and water is available for the mold, especially in areas with high humidity. Mold is a growing and living micro-organism that feeds on the material it touches. When mold is visible to the naked eye, there is a VERY large colony of mold spores feeding off that area.
Today, builders often use materials like sheetrock, instead of lath and plaster. Sheetrock contains paper material, which is an ideal food source for mold. Mold’s job in the ecosystem is to break down organic material like leaves and trees, so when mold starts eating the paper off of the sheetrock, it is simply doing its job.
The problem is not just that mold can be eating away at your home, but breathing too many mold spores can be harmful to your health. Molds can be allergens, toxigens, pathogens, and some molds can even produce mycotoxins—which can be detrimental to your home environment. Mold may be useful in nature, but there is no place for it in your home.