Mold and Indoor Air Quality

Hello out there, Little River! Conway, what’s happening? It’s Cool Cat checking in to give you the 411 on the dirty word of the South… MOLD. That’s right, smelly gross mold is what I’m on about today but check it, it’s only because I care about the quality of your indoor air. Indoor air quality (IAQ) is the general term used to refer to the biological, chemical and physical components of your indoor air. These components can impact your comfort and even your health. Just one of those components and one of the big challenges around here is mold.

 

The 411 on Mold

Molds are types of fungus/fungi, including mildew, that tend to grow in places that are damp, leaky or water damaged. There are thousands of species of mold out there but almost all of them can impact human (and animal) health because it releases these tiny microscopic cells called spores. Think of spores as being similar to seeds from a tree. The function of the spores is to catch an air current and find a new surface to land on to, you guessed it, grow some more mold. The problem isn’t just the mold itself, which can cause crazy bad damage to structures in your home, but the spores because when they’re airborne, we can breathe them in and get sick. Especially here in our area, many of us are exposed to mold on a regular basis and don’t realize it.

Mold spores get into your house when you come and go, open windows or anytime outdoor air gets in. Then the spores settle in and wait for the right conditions like a leak or a flood in your home to grow out of control and you might not even see it. Hidden mold is mold growth on structures in the home that aren’t readily visible such as in the wall, above the ceiling, in the attic, in the ductwork and in your crawlspace. So, you could have a mold problem and not even know it!

 

What to do About Mold

Mold often (but not always) produces a musty type of odor like an old locked up attic. So, one way to know you have mold is to smell it. Another way is if you see it or if you have a home inspection and an inspector finds it. That’s when it’s time to call in the cats from Carolina Cool. They are specialists at handling your mold problem. They can make sure the mold is removed, remediated and prevented from coming back. They have the equipment and know how to contain the mold, get rid of it and keep it gone. They can also do attic or crawlspace encapsulation to help prevent future mold issues. When it comes to mold, these cats have got it down pat!

Mold is a big problem when it comes to indoor air quality for both people and cats like me. Mold can lead to all kinds of illness issues and can be a real health hazard. When you find mold, you need a team that can get rid of it the right way the first time and keep it from coming back. The team Cool Cat trusts is the team at Carolina Cool.