How Does Mold Affect Air Quality?

air quality testingMold is a term that encompasses various species of microscopic fungi that form multicellular thread-like growths (hyphae) and reproduce via spores. This diverse group of tiny fungal organisms plays a very important role in nature, as it decomposes organic matter and enables nutrient cycling. However, even though they are one of the cornerstones of terrestrial ecosystems, molds can also be very damaging.

Aside from spoiling food left a bit too long, molds also cause other problems in the home. They can grow inside the building material and deplete its structural integrity over time; they cause unpleasant smells and unsightly stains on walls. But the biggest damage molds cause is poor indoor air quality. Once inhaled, their spores can induce symptoms of allergy, as well as inflammation of the respiratory system. For this reason, any residential or business building experiencing mold problems should get mold remediation in Toronto as soon as possible.

Why Are Molds Harmful?

Mold is a lot more than an unpleasant nuisance. Once it establishes, it can grow profusely and form large colonies. Sometimes its hyphae can penetrate deep into the building material, making its permanent removal very difficult and expensive. Aside from depleting the structural integrity of the material, certain species of these microscopic fungi also produce toxins and allergenic particles. Short-term exposure to these mostly affects sensitive individuals (children, elderly, people with asthma, allergies, and compromised immune systems), while healthy people rarely feel it. However, long term exposure can affect anyone and lead to serious health problems. 

If you are experiencing symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, dry cough, wheezing, skin rashes and watery, irritated eyes, it might be a good idea to get air quality testing.

What Can Happen If You Have Molds in Your Home?

It is often difficult to notice mold growth in its initial phases, so their presence can easily fly under the radar. However, once the conditions are favourable (increased humidity), molds will start to grow and reproduce vigorously, releasing millions of spores. This can happen rather quickly the home has, or had problems with excess moisture (leaks, floods, etc.).

Mold spores are very light and easily spread by even the slightest air currents. They can travel far, and remain inactive until they find a favourable place for growth. Many places in the home provide such favourable conditions, so what initially seems like a nuisance can turn into an all-out infestation. Many homes in Toronto experience mold problems, and if yours is one of those homes, it is highly advised to seek help from a professional mold remediation company.

Contact Inch by Inch for Mold Remediation

Molds are very adaptable and persistent, so to get rid of them permanently, the removal must be thorough. The ease of their spread only makes the process more difficult, so it is best to leave it to the experts. Inch by Inch Inspections is here to help. Using the latest methods and eco-friendly solutions, our friendly, experienced staff is ready to provide quality mold remediation service all over Toronto and the GTA. Reach out to Inch by Inch and schedule your mold remediation today.

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