Mold is a kind of fungus that is found almost everywhere. One of molds role is to break down natural things such as old food. Although it is everywhere, it is harmless in small amounts. However, if molds ends up in a damp area within your home, it can grow. It grows especially quickly in moist, dark spaces such as basements. Molds then can become a problem since they have the potential to produce allergens, irritants and even disease.
Mold remediation can be a costly expense to a homeowner if the damage is severe. We here at Warren Restoration understand that the best case scenario for our clients would be if they never had to contact us at all! You can catch mold growth before it becomes a problem if you stay conscious of these early signs.
Mold can become a very big problem for homeowners, especially when it becomes so bad that it can easily be observed. However, the problem with mold is that it’s not always obvious. The mold develops right under your nose for a long time, damaging your walls and once it becomes apparent, it can be difficult to get rid of.
How to identify mold in your home:
The first and most obvious method of noticing mold is through observation. If the mold is visible, you should immediately get it removed. One other way of identifying mold is through a “musty” odor. This smell is often associated with a particularly harmful type of mold, so if you detect it, you need to deal with it at once.
Effects of mold on health:
In addition to looking bad, mold can also impact health. Some people may be allergic to mold and hence can face attacks when they inhale the mold and its pores, and as result, have to deal with symptoms like dry throats and watery eyes. Certain species of molds are toxic and produce poisonous substances that once inhaled, can cause symptoms like headaches and mood problems.
Damage by erosion and molds:
Water, especially in the form of leaks, can cause severe damage in the home. This can also harm your wallpaper and documents, and even cause molds to appear, as a result, in your walls or on your carpets. Mold is an extremely unhygienic form of damage and can affect people’s health, as well as damage carpeting.
How at risk are you of mold infections?
Mold development is affected by several factors, which put you at high risk of it developing in your home. One of these factors is dampness, so if you’re facing humid climate or have water leakages or damage in your home, you could potentially have growing mold. Mold development is also accelerated in cold, damp areas so you should try and clean out places like basements often to avoid problems.
Areas where mold often grows:
One of the first things you can do is to try and find where the mold could be growing. This can be done by looking for cold, damp places that are in constant exposure to water, and areas that are closed out so they don’t have any open access to air. These are often areas like spaces between furniture, and even in the cracks in the walls`. Although you can’t see some mold, you should probably still call remediation companies so that they can locate molds that can’t be seen or ones that are hidden in places like under loose floorboards.
Mold remediation company services:
Once you call a remediation company, they will start by trying to locate the mold. After that, they will try and stop whatever is causing the development of the mold. They will also make conditions unfit for further mold growth so you can be rid of the mold in one go. They will then clean up the mold, and treat the whole area with sanitary techniques. Finally, they will help restore your home to the way it was with any required wallpaper replacement.
If you see any mold affecting your home, do not hesitate or wait, and deal with it quickly and swiftly by calling your preferred mold remediation company as soon as possible.
Most people don’t like mold. We all know enough to throw out food that has been in the refrigerator a bit too long and developed the fuzzy greenish-gray covering. But what about mold that is less apparent? Mold can hide and lurk in places you never see—always areas of dampness, such as behind walls and in dark attic spaces. Mold produces allergens, irritants, and potentially toxic substances that put people’s health at risk. For example, when inhaled or touched, mold can cause an allergic reaction or provoke an asthma attack or other respiratory symptoms.
Outdoors, we know that mold plays a useful and important role. But indoors, it is always best to avoid mold infestations, or, when you realize you have one, take immediate steps to clean and remediate it. Mold spores are invisible to the naked eye, but are always floating through the air. When mold spores land on wet or damp surfaces, within 24-48 hours, mold begins to grow. In addition to causing a potentially serious health threat, mold can damage whatever surface it grows on, whether it is cloth, leather, cardboard, or some other porous surface.
Even though mold spores are present just about everywhere, unless moisture is present, they will not grow. Therefore, the best way to control the growth of mold in your home is to control the amount of moisture and humidity in your home. Once mold takes hold in one area of your home, you should consider that a warning sign of a larger moisture problem elsewhere. Flooding, plumbing leaks, and other water problems can result in the growth of mold in the immediate area where the water damage occurred. This mold is likely visible to the eye. But, other hidden areas of the home where dampness and humidity occur, such as behind walls, in ceilings, insulation and ductwork, can also promote the growth of mold. Look outside your home, too, as mold can grow in vents, on siding and decks, under roof flashing, and in window wells.
While simply wiping the mold from the surface may appear to stop the problem, that one step is not enough. And, if untreated or treated incorrectly, the mold infestation can grow even larger. But, by proactively taking the following 7 steps, you will be well on your way to getting mold under control:
To identify if a spot on the wall is mold or dirt, dab the spot with a cotton swab that has been dipped in diluted bleach. If the spot lightens quickly, it is probably mold. You will need to take further action to locate the source, clean it, and remove it.
To prevent mold from recurring, spray an antimicrobial treatment on the area that was previously infested, but is now clean and dry. This step is most effective in small areas. An area where a larger infestation previously occurred will probably require further treatment.
When building or renovating an area where water or humidity has been a problem, use mold-resistant building materials to minimize the chance of a mold infestation starting or returning.
When painting, use an antimicrobial treatment on surfaces where mold might grow (or from which mold has been cleaned) to prevent the mold from growing or coming back. Use a primer that is mildew-resistant or add a mildewcide to existing paint.
In bathtubs and showers, clean caulk and grout that is stained, spray surfaces with an antimicrobial treatment, regrout, and caulk. Coating the entire surface with a grout sealant to fully finish the area.
Keep water from entering your basement or crawlspace by making sure the mulch beds and yard around the house are graded and sloping away from the house to where they drain properly.
Inspect your roof annually. Check for moisture in attics, insulation, and eaves. If you find water or dampness, immediately fix leaky flashings and shingles, dry the wet area, and treat it for mold.
If you know your home has a mold infestation, or suspect you might have a mold problem, call the professionals at Warren Cleaning and Restoration. Our team is certified by the mold specialists, MICRO, and by the cleaning and restoration specialists, IICRC, so you know we will treat your mold problem safely and effectively. We work within an approximate 2-hour radius of our two family-owned and operated offices in Big Stone Gap, VA, and Hendersonville, NC, and we’re available to take your emergency call 24/7.