Is a Moldy Compost Pile Hazardous?
July 28, 2019 Comments Off on Is a Moldy Compost Pile Hazardous? Uncategorized Ben Fetzer

Composted soil is wonderful soil for potted plants and gardens, and it benefits the planet by reducing the amount of trash we put in the garbage can. We are able to reuse unwanted or spoiled food by putting it in a compost bin or pile, and in a small amount of time (varies depending on how often it is turned and what it is made of), it will transform into soil. The waste basically decays, and it becomes dirt.

Generally speaking, compost is thought of as a natural way to get rich, organic soil without the issues of fertilizers and other chemicals. However, organic is not always safe. That is why there are certain things that you never put it your compost pile, such as meat. It is also why you may want to put on a mask while you turn or rotate your compost.

The Hazards of Compost

1. Mold:

Moisture is an essential part of composting, which means mold is very normal to see in your compost pile. Mold is not terribly dangerous in compost because it is often part of the process of decomposition. In fact, mold is only suspected of being dangerous in certain situations. Something that coincides with mold, however, can definitely cause problems. That is why people who are sensitive to mold should wear a mask when turning compost.

2. Pests:

Some people complain of getting rats and other rodents in their compost. That is why you don’t put meat or dairy products in your compost pile. Meat and dairy products smell terribly as they decompose, and they attract pests. If you want to compost meat products, you must get a bokashi bin. Otherwise, your decomposing meat may contain pathogens that can make somebody sick. Not convinced to keep meat out of your compost with those statements? Well, then consider the fact that it is going to take longer for your compost to be ready if you add meat and dairy to it.

3. Pathogens:

Not only do meat and dairy product introduce the risk of pathogens, but pet waste can also make compost hazardous. You may think it is nature’s fertilizer, but don’t add it to your compost, or you may make it dangerous.

4. Chemicals:

Lastly, don’t put chemicals on your compost, or your soil will not be organic. This includes using soapy water as your moisture source.

Compost is not truly a hazardous activity, but it can be if you go about it in the wrong way. This is especially true if you are sensitive to mold. All of the hazards of compost are easily avoidable, but you should keep yourself aware of any risks.

About The Author
Ben Fetzer Ben Fetzer, is the founder and owner of Fresh Start Restoration of Kansas City. He is passionate about informing and educating you the customer. By providing you with insider industry information, he empowers you with knowledge and tools to properly compare companies and spot unethical sales practices. Which unfortunately is far too common in the mold remediation industry. By sharing stories and providing professional tips he gives you the ability to make the right decision for your mold problem! Ben is an experienced mold expert with over 15 years in the cleaning & restoration industry! He has received official training and certifications from the IICRC, ICRA, and NORMI. His history of high integrity and superior quality has made him a leader in the remediation industry. Thereby giving customers outstanding customer experience! Which has resulted in a long history of consistent 5-Star customer ratings since the company began in 2008!