Mold is a type of fungus that is present everywhere, indoors and outdoors and is essential to our eco-system. Mold is nature's recycling system that breaks down dead organic matter like rotting trees into simpler compounds.
With mold, location matters. The mold that exists in the soil and trees outside your home is not a concern. However, indoor mold - mold growing inside our homes and buildings -- can cause adverse health effects and property damage. Indoor mold is potentially dangerous and must be removed. In addition to health issues and property damage, indoor mold growth is also a sure sign that there is a water or moisture problem that must be identified and fixed. Mold is a symptom of a water problem!
High indoor humidity levels are a problem in New Jersey. Once indoor relative humidity rises above 60%, there is a high risk of mold growth. We commonly find chronically high humidity in hot and humid basements, crawl spaces, and attics. Hygrometers (humidity meters) are inexpensive devices that provide accurate measurements of indoor relative humidity levels. The CDC recommends humidity levels be kept below 50%.
There are thousands of strains of mold. Mold comes in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and textures. There is no such thing as a "safe" mold or a safe quantity of mold. Any type of mold and any quantity of mold has the potential to cause health issues. Some people are more susceptible to respiratory and other health problems caused by mold exposure.
If you have a mold problem in your home or building that you need help with, contact Mold Solutions by Cowleys to schedule your mold inspection and treatment cost estimate in Toms River, Woodbridge, Cherry Hill, NJ and surrounding areas.
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