The Truth About Mold: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Truth About Mold: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

  • Posted: Dec 02, 2015
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Mold. It thinks it can take whatever it wants: the last couple pieces of bread you were saving for your perfect sandwich, your favorite doughnut, or even the wood you were planning on burning at your next campfire. This is all bearable, but then you see the mold climbing up your walls in your home.

“I see you!” you shout feebly. The mold doesn’t respond. Hmph.  You turn around to grab the phone to call for help, and when you turn back, the mold has grown 8 inches. You eye it skeptically, and it looks back — unmoving. Carefully watching the mold, you call Mold Inspection Illinois.

You sit cross-legged on the floor, eyeing the mold, until Mold Inspection Illinois arrives — just a short hour later. The mold hasn’t moved, but you can feel the hatred wafting off of it. You know the mold’s time is nearly up.

This is as much experience with mold that the common person gets — right? At least, this is as much experience with mold that the common person is aware that they are getting.

Let’s talk about mold — all sides of it. Sure, there are the detrimental sides, and it is important to be aware of them. But mold is actually very valuable to our existence, as well. Let’s take a deeper look.

The Good:

Let’s talk penicillium. Sounds… kind of familiar, right? If we’re getting technical, penicillium is a genus of fungi that plays a few different roles that are beneficial to humans. It probably sounds familiar to you because of its role in making cheese. No? You didn’t know that penicillium is responsible for blue cheese? Ah, then the name must be familiar because of the drug, penicillin. Penicillin is an important antibiotic used to kill bacterial infections, but is not used as widely today because many bacteria have developed resistance to penicillin.

Molds are also important in genetic experiments, preserving meat, and play many other helpful roles.

In fact, few seem to appreciate the true role of mold in their environment: decomposition. Molds are a type of fungus, and without molds and fungi, organic material in nature would not be recycled. The molds and fungi are responsible for consuming all of the dead plant and animal material on the forest floor, ocean floor, riverbed — you name it. Without them, nutrients would not be recycled back into the system. Fungi are incredibly important for the survival of all life.

Feeling a bit of a soft spot for mold, yet? That’s great. But don’t get let it get too soft.

The Bad:

Alright, great. Cheese is good, not being attacked by bacteria is good. Let’s not forget why we became afraid of mold in the first place.

First off, let me mention that asthma and mold have a serious relationship, and it’s a serious problem. Children who grow up in mold-infested homes are three times more likely to develop asthma. In those children that already have it, the presence of mold can make it a lot worse.

There is also speculation about a relationship between mold and miscarriage. As Fit Pregnancy says, “nobody in their right mind is going to test toxic substances on a pregnant lady”. However, I will argue that there are certainly ways to look at the correlation between miscarriage and mold, with absolutely no need to inject harmful substances into a mother. Nonetheless, there has been no research of this kind done on humans. Other studies have, however, shown relationships between miscarriage and toxic black mold on animals. Furthermore, there are countless stories to be found online regarding birth defects, miscarriages, and black mold.

I’m not saying that the link is definite. I am saying that there’s no way I would take the chance, and I think expecting mothers would agree. While mold is greatly beneficial in some settings, it’s almost always bad when it has colonized the place that you live.

Even if your family doesn’t have extremely bad luck and get into one of the above predicaments, harmful molds will still cause serious symptoms. Even mold that is normally harmless can cause allergies to act up, which can eventually cause harm, or, at the very least, extreme discomfort.

The Ugly: mold inspection illinois

Not to mention, mold can just be really, really ugly.






Here at Mold Inspection Illinois, we love mold. We’re grateful for all that it has done and continues to do. We just don’t think that mold has any place in homes, as homes are the very place our families should feel the safest. If you think you have a mold problem, please set up an appointment and let us get rid of it. We would do anything for mold, but we won’t let it colonize your home.


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