No Shame In Mold
“Mold occurs normally in outdoor environments, serving as nature’s recycling center and breaking down the dead organic matter from animals or plants. Humans encounter mold and even inhale mold spores every day with no ill effects whatsoever. When mold occurs in an indoor environment, however, things change. Suddenly, mold and its accompanying spores (through which it reproduces) are encountered (and inhaled) in large concentrations. When you consider the job that mold is designed to do on organic matter, it becomes easy to see how it could become a serious health hazard.“
“Even new homes may have mold problems, so mold inspections are recommended even for new home purchases. New constructions are often tightly sealed up between the time that construction is finished and the time the home is sold. Any moisture trapped inside will have no place to go, and over time may easily give way to mold and mildew growth.”
It has come to our attention that some of our competitors are purposely slandering the Got Mold? name because of the branding on our trucks. In our competition’s view, consumers that have mold should feel apprehensive, shameful, or scared because they have a mold problem and should not contact Got Mold? because “Mold” is on our trucks. This is certainly not the case, there is no shame in having mold in your home or business.
Mold, after all, is a natural process designed by nature to consume organic matter. It is nature’s recycler and plays a crucial role in our ecosystem because it is a natural way to dispose of organic waste. In other words, mold is a good part of our environment; in fact, mold spores are part of the air we breathe.
Mold only becomes a concern when it begins growing in confined spaces in a home or business and releases mycotoxins that can cause illness. Not all people will be susceptible to mold illness, particularly if their immune systems are functioning at peak efficiency. However, for the elderly, children, and about 25% of our population, mold is an issue. For children and the elderly, mold mycotoxins can wreak havoc on their immune systems and cause illness. Indeed, most cases of sinus infections and asthma are attributed to mold. Perhaps, the most troubling aspect of mold is for the 25% of the population that are pre-disposed to mold sickness because of their genes. For these individuals, mold is a grave problem and in most cases manifests itself in a condition known as Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome.
The other problem with mold, if ignored, is the fact that it will reduce property values. A small mold problem can quickly grow into a large mold problem if ignored. The reason is simple. Once mold begins to grow, it will continue to thrive by eating materials high in cellulose content such as paper and wood, drywall, wallpaper, carpet, ceiling tiles, dust, and dirt. In short, most building structures provide food for mold and as mold grows, it will eventually grow to a point where the structural integrity of the building is compromised.
Considering the economic costs of mold to the health care system and lost business productivity, it is clear that there is No Shame In Mold and consumers should not be apprehensive in addressing the problem. The best approach to addressing a mold problem is to hire a professional mold remediation specialist qualified to perform a thorough inspection and who has the integrity and honesty to follow industry specific guidelines. The bottom line, the mold remediation specialist you hire, should “Do The Job Right” and stand by their work.
— Got #Mold?™ (@gotmoldglobal) January 9, 2013