Mold growth is one of the biggest fears for a home
Mold reproduce by releasing spores. These spores could be from 2-100 Microns in size, and up to 250,000 spores can fit on the head of a pin (See animation here).
Mold growing on only a square foot of sheet rock can release more than one billion spores. This animation shows how Stachybotrys (commonly known as black mold) reproduce and release spores. As these spores will be inhaled into our respiratory system, we can experience health symptoms.
More mold spore dispersal
It is important to understand that the job is only half done after the mold growth has been killed or removed from your house. The spores do not disappear by themselves, and depending on the type of fungi they can survive up to a year in a normal indoor environment. It is crucial to remove these spores as dead spores also can cause symptoms to individuals.
Depending on the amount of spores in a room, they can be removed by using an air scrubber. The purpose of the air scrubber is to filtrate the air through a series of filters, including a HEPA filter. In more contaminated rooms it might be necessary to HEPA vacuum and wet wipe surfaces with a disinfectant product, in addition to an air scrubber.
Since mold spores will travel around your house, it might be beneficial to have an air quality test performed to determine if other areas of the home are contaminated besides the areas where mold is actually growing.
Depending of the size of the contaminated area and amount of mold growth you have in your house, you may consider hiring professionals for testing, consultation, and/or to complete the remediation in a proper manner.
Contact Nordic Environmental, one of the premier home inspection companies in Fargo, ND, at any time for assistance regarding mold remediation services.