Mold is typically thought of as a visible problem. But what happens when there’s mold or mold spores that you can’t see? Just because there isn’t any visible danger doesn’t mean that you and your home aren’t at risk!
Mold is a type of fungus that spread by emitting reproductive cells, also called spores, into the air. Mold spores are invisible to the naked eye and their ability to become airborne poses an additional risk. Unlike actual mold, mold spores can survive for long periods of time, even in dry atmospheres, making them that much more difficult to detect and eliminate.
Because mold normally comes from water damage or generally moist, warm atmospheres like bathrooms, people usually assume that they know how to spot and treat mold issues. However, mold spores are virtually everywhere, and it is only when they are in higher concentrations, like in those damp environments, that physical mold grows.
Mold can also be found in wood, paper, tiles, drywall, paint, insulation, and even dust. This becomes an issue when mold grows in hidden cavities in walls or crevices where you wouldn’t normally look or even be able to see without physically cutting into the wall or getting a professional inspection.
Other ways to detect invisible mold or mold spores include strange smells, coughing, sneezing, or general feelings of being unwell when in the potentially infested area. It is also important to be aware of environments in your home where mold can thrive. Be sure to check basements, especially after heavy rainfalls, as well as bathrooms and any place where food is stored.
Procare Restoration understands the importance of all stages of mold detection and prevention. We are mold remediation and restoration specialists with years of experience to back us. Prevention is highly preferable to having to treat an already present mold infestation, but we are experienced in both capacities and have state-of-the-art methods and tools to help us.
So don’t make the mistake of waiting until mold has already caused damage before calling a specialist. It is much easier and cheaper to treat and prevent invisible mold and mold spores, than it is to eradicate an entire infestation.