Mold Removal Northfield, IL: Mold has a long and colorful history. It is a living and very dynamic organism. Mold spores are everywhere; on clothing, items you buy in the store, in walls and buildings. It can exist in pores within materials not visible to the eye but once that material is exposed to a temperature of 41° – 104°, has moisture, oxygen and food, it will grow.
Of course, there are beneficial uses for mold. Molds help to break down organic matter. Some of my favorite cheeses are ripened using molds. Antibiotics, such as Penicillin are created from molds.
But perception is always in the eye of the beholder. If you think your neighbor is possessed or if you suffer from headaches, redness, skin irritation, sneezing, watery eyes, or more seriously, vomiting, diarrhea, or constant fatigue, it could be from exposure to mold. While it seems mold can cause many symptoms one must remember that there are thousands of species of mold and different species can produce different reactions within different people.
I have come to view human beings as Portable Organic Detection Systems (PODS). We have genetically learned what things are bad for us. Things that smell bad we generally assume are bad for us. It is a learned response that is grounded in perception as well. If you suspect you may have mold in your walls, get on your hands and knees and sniff at the wall outlets. If there is mold in the walls, in many cases you will smell it there.
Mold has been around for thousands of years and will probably be around for thousands more. Mold is nothing to be afraid of, but it is something we need to control for our health and well-being as well as the health of our buildings.