Spring Time - Mold Awreness

Apr 11, 2018

Mold can be found virtually anywhere indoors and outdoors – the only requirements are a damp environment and organize material to feed in order to grow.  While mold has some redeeming qualities, including helping to product antibiotics, foods and beverages as well as breaking down dead plants and trees.  Mold can also be dangerous; certain strains can cause serious health problems including allergies, asthma, respiratory problems or weakened immune system.
·         Penicillium – Green or bluish, this mold most is commonly found on moist, dead organic matter, such as food or damp wood. Its airborne spores can cause serious allergic reactions and consuming food contaminated with Penicillium may lead to severe gastric problems.
·         Cladosporium – Often black, dark brown or olive-colored, this mold can be found indoors in any dark, damp, non-porous area – such as the inside of a refrigerator, on walls, or along the water line of a toilet. While it’s non-toxic, it can cause severe allergic reactions in people with mold allergies.
·         Aspergillus – Black or tan-colored, it’s one of the most dangerous molds, often found on decaying organic matter and things like wood, paper, soil and food. It’s commonly found in basements after water damage or flooding. Aspergillus can be hazardous to people with severe allergies or asthma, or weakened immune system.
·         Alternaria – Green, black or gray, it’s often found indoors in showers, on wallpaper, window frames, fruits and vegetables, carpets and clothing. It can cause severe allergic reactions and chronic respiratory problems

While less of a problem in the colder months, mold growth picks up in the spring when the temperatures begin to climb, and because it often grows in dark, damp places (like a basement) it can often go undetected for a long period of time.
For more information:
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Service Master Absolute
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Mason, MI 48854