September is Mold Awareness Month

September is Mold Awareness Month.  Moldpedia.com states that mold needs a couple of conditions to grow, mold spores, a food source (eg wood, drywall, and cotton), darkness, warmth, oxygen, moisture and time. According to moldpedia.com, the most common causes of mold growing on walls are high humidity, condensation, and water leaks.  Any moisture can be a key cause of mold growth.  Leaking pipes, humidity, condensation, poor ventilation and even wet clothes can cause mold.    Keep in mind that mold can grow in as little as 24 to 48 hours under the right conditions. Mold is usually fuzzy or slimy in appearance and appears as irregularly shaped spots that can be blue, green, yellow, brown, gray, black or white.  Often times the surfaces can begin to rot. (restorationmasterfinder.com/restoration/difference-between-mold-and-mildew/) What can you do if you get mold?  Some mold can be DIY; however mold can be toxic and dangerous.  It might be a good idea to involve a mold remediation specialist.  If you do try and do it yourself make sure you have good ventilation, you are wearing googles, a mask and gloves.  Mold can cause damage to you and your family as well as your home.  If you think the mold is bad remember to contact a professional.