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Fresh Air: Mold Removal and Mold Spores

Overview: Mold is visible to the naked eye but the same can’t be said for the spores that are released into the air. The strength of your eyes would have to magnify by 400 times before you could begin to see the somewhat invisible mold spores. The microscopic mold spores have negative effects on human health when absorbed by the body, so read the following blog to find out more about their dangers of mold and the importance of mold removal.

There is nothing like stepping outside and enjoying the fresh air in Calgary during this mild winter, but what are we breathing in? A cubic meter of outdoor air can contain up to 1,000,000 mold spores that equates to breathing in close to 600,000 spores in an hour. Unlike Calgary’s outdoor air, job sites suspected of having mold can reach levels of 1,000,000,000 spores per cubic meter in the air. Never have effective Calgary mold removal contractors like 24/7 Restoration been so important.

You don’t have to run out and buy protective breathing masks because mold doesn’t release spores into the air until they reach a specific growth stage. When it comes to homes and buildings, mold can grow on drywall, wallpaper, carpet, window sills and ventilation systems just to name a few. One of the key factors that contribute to the mold growth is if these environments are and remain moist. The best way to keep mold from growing in your home or workplace is to keep humidity levels under 70%. Since mold usually flourishes when there is a flood or from the accumulation of water from any kind of leak, it’s extremely important to clean and dry out an effected area.

How to Stay Safe

Symptoms that are related to mold spore exposure include:

  • Headache
  • Runny noise
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Fatigue
  • Pneumonia
     

Young children, the elderly and anyone with a weak immune system are more susceptible to the symptoms listed above and to other harmful effects caused by mold spores. Mold spores are also a known allergenic for which 20% of the population is affected by. The different types of mold have varying levels of danger and there is a popular misconception that black mold is the most harmful. In actual fact, the colour of mold does not play a determining factor in its possible health consequences. However, mold still destroys the environment in which it lives on - for example, mold growth on wood will eventually lead to weakening and rotting.

The Bottom Line: If mold is flourishing it is certainly at the expense of human health and the environments that it is dwelling on. If you have noticed mold growth in your home or business, it’s best to call the mold removal contractors at 24/7 Restoration so they can deploy a team and examine the effected area. If your mold is black, blue or any colour in the spectrum, there is no need to panic because 24/7 Restoration has seen it all and have an undefeated record!

For more information on mold removal in Calgary or if you believe mold is on the verge of taking over your home, contact 24/7 Restoration today on (403) 247-4365.

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