The majority of us are well aware of the ill effects mold causes when it starts growing in a home. But sometimes, we don’t always stop to think about the reasons mold grows in the first place. Let’s look at this subject with a brief discussion on the basics of mold.

We know that mold plays an important role in nature due to its ability to break down dead organic matter. While this is necessary outside, mold that grows inside presents a big problem, and steps must be taken to get rid of it or, better yet, prevent it altogether.

Why is mold so bad? Mold produces microscopic spores that float in the air, invisible to the naked eye. If these spores settle on a surface that is damp, they will begin to grow. There are many kinds of mold, but the one thing they have in common is that they need some form of moisture to thrive. As well as being the cause of many health problems, mold will also start to adversely affect whatever it grows on. Even soft furnishings such as cushions, curtains, and carpeting can become irreparably damaged if mold starts to grow on them.

How do you get rid of it? It is nearly impossible to completely rid your home of mold, but you can do a lot to prevent it from growing. Because moisture is needed for mold to form, try to keep humidity levels low, especially in the wettest areas of the house, like bathrooms and the basement. Look for any signs of water intrusion and fix any problem areas immediately.