Mold is a part of life in many instances. After all, who hasn't seen colorful -- and stomach-turning -- mold growing on leftovers in their refrigerator? While mold that you find on old food can be easily dealt with by simply tossing it in the trash, the presence of mold in your home is a much more serious issue. In fact, if you have mold growing somewhere in your home, it is much more than a nuisance -- and here's why.

1. It's a Hazard to Your Health

While mold naturally occurs in the environment, and its spores are too small for the naked eye to see, this doesn't mean that its presence is harmless. In fact, the tell-tale signs of mold growth -- a musty smell or green or black patches in places where moisture is typically seen, such as your bathroom, kitchen or basement -- can set off allergic reactions and respiratory problems in those people who have never shown signs of one before. If you, or a member of your family, have a suppressed immune system or a respiratory illness, such as asthma or emphysema, living in a home with a mold problem could make such conditions worse.

2. It Points to a Larger Issue 

Mold doesn't exist in a vacuum. If it is present within your home, it is because the conditions are favorable for it to form and spread. In order to exist, mold -- which is a particular type of fungus -- must have access to specific elements to grow and survive. Moisture and organic materials -- such as paper, plants, soil or food -- are all that mold needs in order to flourish. One of the most common reasons for the growth of mold is a water leak of some type within your home. This leak could be so minor that its presence goes virtually unnoticed.

3. Mold Spreads Easily

While mold might not seem like a huge problem because there is only a small patch, in actuality its presence means that its spread is inevitable. Mold releases spores that can be spread via water and air. In addition, people and their pets can inadvertently spread mold from one area to another.

A & A Property Restoration is your mold identification and removal expert in the Minneapolis and Twin Cities area. Contact them today about an estimate for mold removal in your home.