Many homeowners, upon discovering they have a potential mold problem, often posit the question of how common mold growth is in a home?
With the risk of sounding ambiguous, mold growth does tend to be common in households. The issue that we should be concerned with is the type of mold; as well as the number of active spores and how much it has spread in the property. The three main reasons people should have mold eradicated from their indoor ecosystem are:
-To ensure their health is protected
-To protect, maintain and even enhance the structural integrity of their property
The ubiquity of mold is a given. There is mold everywhere in our environment, which tends to shift due to seasonal variations. The difference is that the mold in the natural environment tends to be benign. The most common indoor molds found are The most common indoor molds are Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Alternaria.
It shouldn't be surprising that mold is common in households due to the factors which contribute and exacerbate a potential issue. Such factors which could elicit and exacerbate mold growth are:
potential exterior openings/intrusions, poorly sloped foundations, outside flora in contact with wooden structures attached to the property, high humidity, poor ventilation, perpetual leaking, condensation, as well as general negligence in the property.
These are just some, amongst a plethora of possible contributing factors towards mold growth in the property.
Therefore, mold growth in a property can literally happen to anyone, but it's the severity and type of mold which needs to be diagnosed to really determine whether there is a concern.
The author of our microbial blog is Fareed Nazaryfar. He holds a Master's degree in Environmental and Petroleum Geochemistry from Newcastle University (United Kingdom). He is also a Certified Mold Inspector, as well as an Environmental Manager-holding an ISO 14001 certification in Environmental Management.
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