How Does Mold Turn Into a Mushroom?
Every homeowner has heard the dreaded term “black mold.” Allowing mold to form in your home can be costly – financially and from a health perspective. But mold formation is just the beginning; mold mushrooms may form if left unchecked. At what point does mold turn into mushrooms? Are these mold mushrooms toxic? What steps should you take to remove these unwanted fungi?
We answer these questions – and more – into today’s mold remediation post.
What is Mold?
If you have ever had a pipe burst or leak in your home, then you no doubt have heard of mold. But what, exactly, is mold and how does mold turn into mushrooms? Before we can discuss this, we must first understand what mold is; further, we need to know what conditions must exist for it to spread.
In simple terms, mold is a generic term for all types of fungi or fungus. It can be found both indoors and outdoors and requires moisture to spread and grow. This growth is harmful to humans and can cause a number of health issues. In addition, mold damages whatever material it grows on; this can be disastrous for not just flooring and cabinetry, but the structural integrity of the home as well.
Mold gets characterized as a “fuzzy,” foul-smelling growth. It comes in many colors, ranging from black and brown to vibrant shades of green, pink, and yellow. Mold spores can be found virtually everywhere and not every type of mold is hazardous. In fact, some mold has useful applications. We use it to make bread, certain cheeses, and even medicine (Penicillin) – just to name a few.
Health Effects of Mold Mushrooms
Left unchecked, you will see mold turn into mushrooms in your home. Once a leak, flood, or dampness occurs, mold begins to spread, and its natural progression is to spur mushrooms. Just like the fungus they emerge from, these mold mushrooms are toxic and harmful to humans and animals alike.
What of the main health issues mold mushrooms can cause is a respiratory illness. This gets characterized by coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or asthma-like symptoms. In addition to these upper respiratory problems, lower respiratory illness also occurs. This can include tightness in the chest and problems similar to those mentioned above. If you do not already suffer from asthma, you could also develop it if mold mushrooms grow in your home.
People who live in houses affected by mold may also notice allergic reactions or develop allergies. These symptoms come in typical warning signs, such as itching, rashes, and so forth.
Other Health Effects of Mold Mushrooms
There is some correlation that suggests when mold turn into mushrooms, an infection is possible. Bronchitis and other respiratory infections are thought to increase in likelihood in houses that have mold infestations.
Skin irritation, eye irritation, and nasal stuffiness have also been reported when in the presence of mold. The degree and effect that mold has on people vary based on factors such as age, general health, and pre-existing conditions. Sensitivity to mold is also a consideration.
Learn more about mold and your health from the CDC.
How to Get Rid of Mold Mushrooms
Getting rid of mold completely is an impossible task, as the spores can be found literally everywhere – both indoors and outdoors. However, there are steps you can take to control and prevent the growth of hazardous mold.
The key method is to reduce the amount of moisture in your living areas. Look for – and repair – any leaks in roofs, walls, and floors. If you have condensation or standing water, you will need to clean this up too.
Of course, the best way to ensure that mold does not spread is to prevent flooding and moisture in the first place. Inspecting plumbing pipes and common flood areas for early warning signs is a good first step. Finding a small issue before it becomes a major one can go a long way towards ensuring you do not have a mold outbreak.
You can also paint your home with mold-inhibiting paints and install dehumidifiers to reduce mold and retard mold growth.
Mold Removal, Mold Remediation, and Mold Restoration in Southeast Florida
If you need mold removal or mold restoration in Palm Beach or Broward County, contact the mold remediation experts at SunCoast Contractors Emergency Services. We specialize in mold and water cleanup services throughout South Florida!