The fact is that mold NEVER GOES AWAY.   Once mold and mildew start, they are either dormant, slowly growing, and taking over.  Mold is like the desert in one way.  If it gets a little water, it springs forth in an amazing way.  And, no matter whether you feel bothered by this invader or not, these infestation are an allergenic or toxigenic threat to your whole family.

Mold spores are everywhere.  They are part of nature.  They are actually a plant, but in the fungi group.  So, they have roots and seem to flower if you could seem them under a microscope.   Mold sends out seed (called spores) that will spread the problem.  They may live in dirt, but they love wood, cardboard, and paper.  They is a great food source … if they have a bit of water as well.

When it comes to most fungus types in nature, they are a part of the decay cycle that serves our world well.  But inside, you do not want things to decay.  Given enough time, these invasive fungi will eat away at wood until it turns to powder at the touch.

Here’s a helpful tip.  Get rid of wood, cardboard boxes, and paper in the basement.  Use plastic storage bins to forbid a food-rich sanctuary for mold.

Always test for mold in a new or existing home.  There are a hundreds types of fungus that might colonize in a building, and some of them are serious health threats.  Most mold are “allergenic” meaning only sensitive people will have a problem.

Some types of mold are “toxigenic” meaning they will make people sick … even the healthy family members.  There is no good way to tell what type of mold it is until you have a professional mold inspection and air sample test.

If in doubt, bring in a professional mold inspection service to do a thorough inspection of the building.  But, AVOID the “Free Mold Inspection” scam.  No professional inspector can spend his time, gas, and skill doing free mold inspections.  Free mold inspections are actually scare-mongering sales reps whose job is to push worried customers into high-priced contracts … paying the “Free Inspection” agent a hefty finder’s fee.

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