Facts About Mold on Cape Cod

Mold can be found everywhere, and here on Cape Cod, there are more than 1,000 species of mold. Types of mold are dangerous not only for the building materials making up your home but also for your and your family’s health. Too much mold exposure may cause or worsen asthma symptoms, allergies, or other underlying health conditions. These molds are most likely to grow where water or dampness is present, such as in bathrooms, basements, and even attics that lack insulation.   

Fact #1: Certain Mold Can Affect Your Health 

Most types of mold routinely encountered are not hazardous to healthy people – however, too much exposure may cause allergies or worsen present conditions. The most common symptoms to look out for are coughing, congestion, running nose, eye irritation, and worsening asthma. If you believe that you or your family members have symptoms caused by exposure to mold, you should see a physician. Remember that many other illnesses may also cause many symptoms associated with mold exposure.    

Fact #2: Mold Needs Water to Grow

The only thing that mold needs to grow is water. Mold can grow virtually anywhere as long as there is water damage, high humidity, or dampness. Molds can reproduce through tiny spores and are invisible to the naked eye. These spores float through outdoor and indoor air and land on moist surfaces. Typically, mold will be confined to an area near the water source. Removing the source of moisture and ensuring any water damage is cleaned adequately through repairs or dehumidification is critical to preventing mold growth. 

Fact #3: Mold Should Be Cleaned As Soon As It Appears 

When you spot mold in your home, it should be cleaned immediately. Cleaning up the mold is recommended to be done by a professional. Spores of mold can quickly spread and regrow, so it must be handled adequately to prevent it from latching onto another spot. We have invasive and non-invasive mold remediation services for the smallest to most extreme cases. If the mold returns, it may indicate an underlying problem, such as a leak. Any underlying water problems must be fixed to eliminate mold problems successfully. 

Common Mold Types in Cape Cod 

There are hundreds of thousands of mold species. Some are important to our ecosystem, while others are just inconvenient. The effect of certain molds can be dangerous or harmful to people. The list below highlights some common mold types that are harmful to our health. 

  • Stachybotrys: Commonly referred to as black mold, this is one of the most dangerous types of mold and can cause flu-like symptoms. It is dark in color and can have hues of grey and green. It has a very musty odor and is found in damp areas. 
  • Chaetomium: This mold is typically found in homes that have water damage, and it thrives in dark, wet environments such as drywall, wallpaper, and carpets. This mold can cause general signs of allergies such as red, watery eyes and trouble breathing.
  • Alternaria: A well-known mold that causes allergies is Alternaria. This mold is present in large amounts during the spring and summer and can be in the air inside your home. It can also be found in electric cables, cardboard, canvas, and other textiles.

Contact Mold Doctors

Maintaining mold-free conditions in your house requires routine maintenance, inspections, and careful attention to ventilation and moisture management. You must quickly act if you suspect mold problems. If you’re struggling with mold and need remediation assistance, contact our team at Mold Doctors for a free visual inspection.