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September Is Mold Awareness Month

September Is Mold Awareness Month

September is Mold Awareness month. This month is all about education and awareness of the various types of mold, how to identify and get rid of them. This is perhaps the perfect opportunity to inspect your home or office for mold growth. Mold can not only cause damage to your property and belongings but can also be detrimental to your health. Here are some of the basic things to know about mold.   


What is Mold? 

Mold is a type of fungus that grows in moist areas and can be found both indoors and outdoors. It is quite common in buildings and homes where there is leakage and moisture especially around roofs, pipes and on walls and floors if there’s been flooding. It can also enter homes through open doorways, vents, windows, and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold tends to grow on porous surfaces like paper products, cardboard, drywall, ceiling tiles and wood. 


How to Identify Mold?

Identifying what kind of mold you have in your home is not an easy job. Most people get trapped in the color game and if it isn't black, greenish or gray, they don't consider it mold. Well, that's pretty far from the truth. Mold can appear in any color of the rainbow and touching it or inhaling it can result in serious health issues. In fact, as it matures a patch of mold can change colors. 


Mold and mildew can sometimes be mistaken for the other. There is however a difference between mold and mildew which can help in identifying it. Mildew grows on and along a surface without penetrating it. This makes it easier to clean and remove. Mold, on the other hand, penetrates the surface of the furniture, wall or material that it is growing on. This is why when mold has had a chance to mature unchecked on a surface like carpet, oftentimes you have to get rid of it. Mold can also give off a pungent smell which is also an identifying factor, but it also means you might have been breathing in toxins and fungus that can lead to long-term medical issues.


Why Should You Call In Professional Mold Remediation Experts?

Certain mold types are toxic and should be handled by professionals with the knowledge and the right equipment to handle them. Additionally, if you have mold allergies or a compromised respiratory system, you should avoid dealing with mold entirely. 


With more than 40 years of experience, the experts at NewGen Remediation can help with all your Mold removal needs. If you suspect you have mold, let our experts handle it. Call us at (980) 207-4868, and we can help you get rid of the mold and also provide turnkey solutions for any damage that may have occurred.