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What Is Mold?

 

Toxic Mold

Toxic mold in North Carolina has become a hot topic, and there are growing health concerns related to the subject, along with numerous lawsuits. The scientific explanation behind mold can sometimes be technical and complex, which has led to a lot of misconceptions related to the subject of toxic mold.


Mold: What is It?

To make a long story short, mold is a fungus that can develop in both the indoor and outdoor environment and is a common problem in the NC area. Prevention is as important as mitigation because it grows and spreads in damp and humid environments. When it comes to toxic mold you have thousands of species of mold, but most molds will not harm your health unless they have been found in a high concentration. Black mold, in particular, can be harmful to your home. Similar to other problems, mold spores have the ability to endure over long periods, which can make mitigation in your home difficult. Mold spores like black mold cannot be seen when they go airborne. That can make the cleanup efforts more difficult in humid homes.


Where Can You Find Mold?

When it comes to mold, you can find it almost anywhere, but it prospers in damp to humid environments, and it does not do as well in dry environments. Making your home entirely mold free is almost impossible, but the goal is to keep the higher concentration of mold, such as black mold, at bay. Here are some of the common areas that you can find mold in  houses: Attics, basements, crawl spaces, bathrooms, and kitchens. Humidity zone maps show that dwellings in the Raleigh, NC  area are at an increased risk of mold development.

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