Keeping bread in the refrigerator, particularly in the summer, seems like a good idea (although I’ve been told it doesn’t help). We go grocery shopping and try to make our food supply last as long as possible. Grocery prices keep moving upward, so if you’re like I am, you try to consume every ounce of food in some form or another. Ground beef, for example, is great for hamburgers, meatloaf, pasta dishes, chili, meatballs, tacos, and the list goes on. Then comes the time to clean out the refrigerator. By now we’re sick of all the hamburger, right? Oh, I can still make a meatloaf sandwich, one of my favorites. But when I go to get the bread, it has turned blue/green. While I like lots of colors, not on my bread please. It has mold, and of course I dispose of it rather quickly at that point.

Just what is mold? Can it be good or bad? We know penicillin is a type of mold, which has saved billions of lives. Blue cheese for example has some type of mold added, which also helps in the aging process. So there definitely is good mold. Now let’s look at the bad mold. While not all mold is a reason for worry, too many mold spores in the air can produce a problem. Typically the goal is to make sure that indoor air has about the same number of mold spores as naturally occur in the outside air. Some types of mold, like the black mold Stachybotrys, produce deadly toxins and are not safe even in small amounts.

Growing undetected in your basement or inside walls for years can trigger subtle physical systems and long-term health problems. With chronic mold exposure one can experience sinus congestion and runny nose, cough, throat irritation, skin irritation, headache and sneezing.

If you believe there is a problem with mold, call the certified mold remediation experts at Crisis Cleaning and take the fear and frustration out of dealing with potentially deadly mold.

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