Living Without Mold

Mold is a problem for homes across Florida, due primarily to the high levels of humidity found across much of the state during the warmer months of the year. While mold is often encountered in outdoor environments, it is when the problem becomes a homegrown one that your health and the health of your loved ones is at risk. Exposure to mold in its normal state is not normally a problem, but when encountered in your home, where large concentrations of mold spores may be present, then you may find yourself with a serious hazard.

A lot of people spend a lot of money to have their homes tested for mold. This is not normally necessary, as mold presents itself as an unmistakable fuzzy growth that cannot be misidentified as anything else. It is also usually accompanied by a musty odor. If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, then it probably does.

Also keep in mind that the mold you can see is not always the problem. It is the mold that you cannot see that causes physical harm. We are of course referring to mold spores, microscopic organisms that float through the air and may be inhaled in large quantities by humans and animals. When you consider mold’s place in the ecosystem, namely that it breaks down organic matter, you can begin to understand the severe threat it may pose to your health.

Mold lives and thrives in any location where there is sufficient humidity to sustain it. It can be found  on walls, pipes, flooring, textiles, clothing, food….anywhere that there is enough moisture to sustain it.

Also keep in mind that removing mold growths does not solve the problem. Rather, the area where the mold is must be properly treated to make the environment inhospitable for mold. This means improving ventilation and bringing down humidity levels. Only then can you rest assured that the problem will not return.

In many cases, professional mold removal services such as those offered by may be required.

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