Mold is a term that encompasses numerous species of fungi that grow in the form of filaments and produce large amounts of microscopic spores which give their colonies a dusty texture. Considering that their spores are very light and easily spread by air currents, it is no big surprise why molds are so widely distributed. As they thrive in humid environments, molds are often found in bathrooms, cellars and rooms that have bad air circulation. Their growth starts out as a nuisance, but if left unchecked they can vigorously spread in a very short amount of time, and turn into a serious health hazard.
Causes of Mold Growth in the Winter
Although it might seem contradictory at first glance, winter is one of the best periods of the year for mold development. Windows in homes and working places are usually closed and the heating is on, causing the moist air from bathrooms, kitchens and basements to build up. That humid and warm air condenses when it comes into contact with the cold walls. Excess moisture in the walls creates a favorable environment for the growth of molds and they start to reproduce. By the time spring comes, mold has likely already infested the entire area, especially if the winter was wet. Presence of mold in walls compromises the strength of the building material, but also the health of people who live or work in those areas.
How Mold Can Make You Sick in the Winter
Exposure to mold can cause a variety of symptoms, or none at all. Depending on the sensitivity and immunity of the person, symptoms may include throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, stuffy nose, eye and skin irritations. People that are allergic to mold, as well as people with compromised immunity and lung health may develop very severe irritations and infections in lungs.
Considering that the immunity of the general population drops during the winter with the onset of the cold and flu season, sensitivity to mold also rises. This isn’t a small issue, especially when we take into account that the symptoms of mold exposure are very similar to cold and flu and their true cause often goes unnoticed.
Safe Mold Testing & Removal by Inch by Inch Inspections
Mold infestation often becomes visible only after it has already taken its hold and caused significant damage. Prevention is the best way to deal with this problem, and that is why testing for mold is so important, especially when it comes to older buildings. If signs of mold have already appeared, then it is necessary to call a professional to remove it as soon as possible. There are a lot of mold removal companies, but only Inch by Inch Inspections uses the latest, eco-friendly products and methods, providing the safest service for both the environment and client’s health.
Stark changes in temperatures inside and outside of buildings during the winter cause condensation to form in the walls, creating a favorable environment for mold to thrive. Considering that mold spread quickly, infestation is imminent if the problem is left unchecked. Old buildings, that have been more exposed to the elements are thus more prone to mold, especially if insulation wasn’t maintained properly. To make sure that your home is safe and mold free, call Inch by Inch Inspections. Our professionals offer a wide range of services in Toronto, Mississauga, Vaughan and surrounding communities. Their capacity and resources enable them to manage projects of all sizes, always providing quality service to their ever-growing client base.