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Monstrous Mold: 5 Scary Facts About Home Mold You Should Know About

Posted in Blog | Mold Inspection on October 17th, 2018 by Ian Stevens

Everyone knows that having mold in your home is bad for your health. However, more than 50% of all homes and 85% of all commercial buildings have mold.

Few people actually realize the extent of the danger mold puts them into. It’s not just gross. It can be deadly! Read on to find out the 5 scary mold facts everyone should know about.

1. Black Mold is Virtually Indestructible

So, you thought you could just splash some bleach and kill mold? Think again! Some strains of mold are ridiculously resistant to heat and caustic agents.

For example, black mold, scientifically known as Stachybotrys chartarum, can survive up to 500 degrees and is completely unaffected by bleach and acid.

2. Mold can Grow Fungus in Your Lungs

Just the thought of fungus in your lungs is probably enough to outline the danger of mold. Air quality is so much more than just a pleasant atmosphere but your family’s health as well.

Some molds of the Aspergilli family grow abundant in HVAC systems and are known to cause all sorts of allergies. What’s worse is that having a high concentration of Aspergilli in your house will eventually lead to a nasty condition known as Aspergillosis.

Aspergillosis is as terrible as it sounds and involves the accumulation of fungus in your lungs. It’s gross and can even kill you!

3. Invisible Mold

Some strains of mold are virtually invisible to the naked eye unless they appear in very high concentrations. This means that you may have a mold infection brewing and you might not even know it.

In these cases, prevention is the best solution, due to the visibility issue. If you are unsure about mold in your home, you should get tested by a professional.

4. Mold Spores can Contain Toxins

Known as mycotoxins, mold toxins are a byproduct of mold metabolism. Even in tiny concentrations, mycotoxins produce inflammation in the lungs, with higher concentrations causing more serious health conditions.

What’s worse is that the full extent of breathing in mycotoxins is not yet completely understood by science. So they might be even worse than we know!

5. You will Always have Mold if Your House is Humid

Mold spores are everywhere. By themselves, they are completely harmless, but given a damn environment, these spores grow exponentially, filling your house with mold. The ONLY viable solution is to keep your air dry and inspect your house regularly for mold accumulation.

Don’t Let These Scary Mold Facts Intimidate You

With this article on scary mold facts, we hope we’ve helped you realize the danger of mold in your house. Here at MD Mold Testing, we offer dependable home inspection services, so you can rest assured that the property you are buying is mold-free and safe for you and your loved ones.

We perform a wide range of tests, from air quality and mold protocols, to radon and heavy metal testing, to make sure you are safe in your environment. Contact us for a home inspection of your condo, townhouse or single family house today!