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FAQ--Environmental

What is mold?

Mold is a living organism that is found around the world. Mold needs three things to live; Oxygen, Moisture and Food. Mold does need liquid or standing water. Mold can thrive on as little as 40% humidity and mold likes to hide. 

Is mold making you sick?

Strictly Business Mold Inspections understands all to well that mold is a problem that every person at some point in their life will be exposed to. Mold is more prevalent in our area as well as in parts of the country where mold is given its ideal habitat. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are extremely susceptible to extreme mold problems. Mold will make you sick and mold can even cause death. You do not have to see mold, smell mold and more times than not, you will not even know you have a mold condition. You need to let a qualified professional inspect for mold. 

Mold is the second leading cause of naturally occurring reparatory distress in the home. Mold causes everything from Asthma and sleeplessness to headaches and lethargy. Mold could actually be ruining your life. 

Mold Overview

Molds are fungi that grow both indoors and outdoors and create spores that travel through the air in search of a good place to grow. Some people are sensitive to molds and experience allergy-type reactions. A few people experience severe reactions. Certain groups are more at risk of bad reactions to mold exposure such as infants, the elderly, people with respiratory conditions such as asthma, and people with weakened immune systems. However, prolonged exposure to excessive levels of mold will negatively impact the health of nearly anyone, that's why a mold inspection by a certified mold specialist is a vital part of ensuring a clean, safe and healthy environment. 

There are around 1,000 types or species of mold in the United States, and around 100,000 worldwide. Some molds are beneficial to make cheese and penicillin. Others are known to be highly toxic. Outdoors, molds play an important role in nature by breaking down organic matter such as toppled trees, fallen leaves, and dead animals. Indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Problems may arise when mold starts eating away at materials, affecting the look, smell, and possibly, with the respect to wood-framed buildings, affecting the structural integrity of the buildings. 

All molds share the characteristic of being able to grow without sunlight; mold needs only a viable seed (spore), a nutrient source, moisture, and the right temperature to proliferate. This explains why mold infestation is often found in damp, dark, hidden spaces. Mold does not like light and air circulation that dry areas out, making them less hospitable for mold growth. 

If you suspect that you have a mold problem and need remediation, call Strictly Business Mold Inspection. Strictly Business serves Brooklyn and Staten Island in New York, and in New Jersey, the cities and towns of Princeton, New Brunswick, Ocean City, Atlantic City, Belmar, Camden, Manasquan, Trenton, Point Pleasant and Morristown, among others. Mold inspection services are also provided in the Philadelphia area.