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Mold Can Negatively Impact Health

by Darlene Eager

Mold growth is caused by moisture. To stop mold growth, the source of moisture must be found and fixed. Left undiscovered, mold can have a detrimental impact upon the health of both adults and children. Take notice of indoor spaces and pay attention to areas where mold can be hidden.

Mold can grow in unexpected places, such as on cardboard, drywall paper, behind wallpaper and under a vinyl floor, where the adhesive binding wallpaper and vinyl flooring to surfaces becomes a food source for mold. If unfinished basement walls are coated with waterproof paint, mold can grow on the paint.

Check the home or office ventilation system, including drop ceilings, attics and crawlspaces. It is important to make sure that bathroom and kitchen fans are not ventilated to the attic. Proper ventilation requires a balance between air intake and air exhaust to prevent moisture buildup.

A room or basement space that is not well-ventilated or filled with excessive belongings can create an environment conducive to mold growth. Basement areas tend to have moist, dark areas that can foster mold growth. Consider combatting unwanted moisture by running a dehumidifier large enough to handle the basement’s square footage.

Do not try to clean affected areas with bleach and water. Bleach is a chemical used to whiten surfaces and kill bacteria. Mold is not bacteria. Bleach has never been proven to kill mold or slow its growth. Also, by adding water to the affected area, mold is given exactly what it needs to continue growing––moisture. Do not introduce air movement directly onto the affected area, as this could promote cross-contamination by spreading mold to other areas.

Misinformation about mold can be challenging to navigate. Each situation is different, and education is key. Mold will not resolve itself, so do not ignore it. Hiring a reputable, experienced, certified, professional mold remediation company is the best option to removing mold and preventing it from regrowth. The safe and correct removal of mold will help protect the health of the inhabitants and the property.

Darlene Eager is the owner of DC Eager Emergency Services, LLC, located at 6 E. Kendig Rd., in Willow Street. To schedule an appointment, call 717-989-5763. For more information, visit