A Guide to Mold in Arizona
Mold in Arizona is more common than you might think. Although Arizona is a desert environment, mold can still grow here. It is able to survive harsh and dry climates as well as damp ones, making it quite the stubborn fungus. Arizona often experiences a summer monsoon season which often times brings sudden, heavy rainfall. Mold can be found outdoors where it is useful for breaking down organic matter but when found indoors, it can be very harmful to the health of you and your family. In Arizona, the walls of our homes and structures are sealed and insulated very tightly to protect against the hot climate, which can lead to condensation problems inside.
What is mold?
Mold is a naturally occurring fungus that requires dampness or moisture to grow. Microscopic mold spores exist in the air both outside and often times, within the home. When left untreated, mold grows and spreads quickly and can have adverse affects on your health and home.
What are the different types of mold found in Arizona?
There are many types of mold in Arizona. Some of the most common types are Alternaria, Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Stachybotrys Chartarum.
Let’s review each of these types mold in more detail:
Alternaria – This is a common mold found outdoors. It can grow on plants, leaves and bushes and is a plant pathogen. If it is found indoors, it can particularly cause problems for those with asthma but anyone with mold sensitivities may experience allergy related problems.
Cladosporium – This type of mold can be found indoor or outdoor and is often black in color. It can cause allergies but is not know to be toxic to humans. You may find it on plants, or common food items.
Penicillium – This mold is often a blue-green mold, sometimes found on food spoilage. It contains hundreds of species, which can be used to produce the antibiotic penicillin.
Aspergillus – For those with weakened immune systems, this type of mold can be problematic. It can cause infections within the lungs or other parts of the body. If you have this infection you may experience cough or wheezing and should see a doctor right away.
Stachybotrys Chartarum – This is commonly referred to as black mold and can be very dangerous to your health as well as any pets you may have. It can grow as a result of water damage and should be treated immediately. Long term exposure can result in headaches, memory loss and more.
Where is mold most commonly found?
Anywhere within your home or business where you have had a leak, past flooding or dampness that has not been properly dried out can cause mold to form. Lets take a look at some common places you may find mold:
- Under sinks
- Bathroom shower
- Air vents
- On the roof near a leak
- Inside drywall
- Window sills
What causes mold in my home?
Water damage in your home can be a common source of mold. Any slow or sudden leak that has not been properly dried out can also cause mold to grow in your home. High humidity within the home and poor ventilation can also cause mold to form.
Should I have a mold inspection for my home?
If you have visible mold in your home or think that you have a mold problem you should reach out to a certified mold inspector. Mold should be removed immediately by a trained mold remediation contractor as it can spread quickly.
What is mold remediation?
This is the process whereby mold is safely removed from the structure of your home and any contaminated materials that cannot be salvaged. Humidifiers are used as well as fans to completely dry everything out and sealing measures are taken. If the dampness or water problem is not fixed, your mold will mostly likely return.
How does the mold removal process work?
Mold can be removed from drywall, carpet, cabinets or anywhere your certified mold remediation specialist deems damaged. Items that are contaminated will be disposed of. Chemical solutions, fans and dehumidifiers are often used to remove the mold and completely dry the structure out.
Can mold cause health problems?
Mold can cause serious health problems for certain individuals so don’t delay in getting it resolved. Asthma attacks, lung issues, skin rashes, watery eyes, hay fever and runny nose are all examples of adverse reactions to mold. Because mold can grow anywhere, it can also spread very easily. To lessen your chance of having mold there are a few things you can do. Keeping your home properly ventilated, using a dehumidifier and making sure you clean and dry wet surfaces completely can help prevent mold growth.
Does mold affect indoor air quality in my home?
Yes, mold spores can negatively affect air quality inside of your home and cause adverse health reactions such as allergies, asthma, dry eye, and more. To combat mold, keep your home well ventilated and dry.
Is mold a problem in Arizona?
Yes, mold is a problem in Arizona, despite the dry climate. We have heavy rains in the summer which can lead to flooding, roof damage, window damage and make it easier for this fungus to grow.
What can an Arizona homeowner do about toxic mold?
Contact a mold remediation specialist right away. Mold can be harmful to your health and active measures should be taken by certified mold experts.
Why is certified mold testing important?
It is important to verify mold has been properly removed and remediated from the home before it can be deemed safe for inhabitants. Although, it is impossible to completely remove every mold spore from the air (as they are naturally occurring outside) a certified mold removal company can ensure mold has been remediated from the structure through testing.
Restore Master is Here to Help With Your Mold Damage Restoration Project!
While mold is common in Arizona, it can be dealt with swiftly by local professionals like Restore Master. We are a full service mold removal contractor who can assist with the entire restoration process of your home or business including water damage restoration as well as construction and repair. We hope this article helps you understand a bit more about how and where mold can form along with tips on prevention and removal.
Our team of experts are ready to help with your mold problem today so don’t hesitate to contact us to begin this process.