Believe it or not, there are thousands of types of mold that are classified into three groups based on its affect on people: Allergenic, pathogenic, and toxigenic. Your concern on what kind of mold you are being exposed to can be best evaluated by the factors and your personal sensitivity to mold.
Allergenic Molds: This type of mold usually affects those with mold allergies or asthma. Those with these type of allergies must constantly stay persistent with keeping mold out of their homes. People who are regularly exposed to mold can develop allergies, so mold growth must be eliminated as much as possible.
Pathogenic Molds: Pathogenic molds main target is the lungs. Even though people with healthy immune systems don’t develop infections from these type of molds, it is a big concern with those with compromised systems.
Toxigenic Molds: These types of mold can cause health problems such as allergic responses and even infections in anybody. Toxic molds within a home can cause serious health conditions such as pulmonary hemorrhage, or even memory loss.
How to Eliminate Mold Safely
Here are some quick facts to eliminate mold safely.
- Eliminate sources of food and reduce habitat humidity.
- Fix leaks and condensation sources. Add dehumidifiers in damp areas to avoid mold growth.
- Tend to moisture problems in roofs or basements. Fresh air and sunlight will naturally kill mold.
- If you have small mold problems, mix 2 teaspoons or white distilled vinegar or tea tree oil with 2 cups water in a spray bottle. Spray it on the mold and do not rinse. Vinegar will kill most mold spores and tea tree oil is a fungicide.
- Do not keep up large amounts of mold if you have more than 10 square feet of mold. Cleaning up mold can be dangerous, especially if its black or greenish-black. Hire a contractor who can clean it for you.