It is probably unlikely you have ever heard someone write the words mold and interesting in the same sentence. But here we are to show you that mold can be interesting if you try hard enough! Here are some fun facts about mold that is sure to enlighten any conversation.
1. Mold is more common in households today than it was 50 years ago.
2. About 50% of homes contain mold problems.
3. A staggering 100% of chronic sinus infections are caused by mold.
4. Mold can spread and develop on any surface.
5. There are over 10,000 species of mold.
6. Mold is linked to causing 30 different health problems.
7. The antibiotic penicillin is actually just petrified mold.
8. So is blue cheese!
9. Infants born during mold season are three times more likely to develop asthma and other allergies. But the tricky thing is, mold season varies from season to season!
10. Mold destroys more wood than fires, floods, and termites combined.
11. There is a freaky form of mold that can move around on its own, it is known as “slime mold.”
12. Mildew is mold. Many people think they are different, but really, they’re a part of the same category.
13. Mold is one of the only organisms that doesn’t need light to grow, meaning it thrives in dark, wet areas.
14. Christmas tree allergies are caused by mold put into the air by the tree.
15. Mold spores cannot be eliminated from indoor environments, one can only prevent the growth of moisture in order to prevent them.
Now, many homeowners can agree that mold is more fun to read about than to experience. Wet basements are one of the top causes of mold in a home. Of all home with basements, 98% will experience some type of water damage. In 2013 alone, water damage accounted for 27% of all insurance claims in the United States, a number that has only risen in the past few years. Because of this, it is important to invest in quality basement waterproofing services in order to ensure water doesn’t invade your home.
Some basement waterproofing solutions you can do at home include sloping your plants at an angle of six inches per 10 feet so the water does not run towards your home causing basement cracks and leaks. You also need to check up on any foundation cracks, and if they are larger than 1/4 inch wide, you need to contact a foundation repair service immediately.
Don’t want mold in your house? Contact the basement waterproofing experts at The Real Seal, LLC today!