Mold is extremely common. There’s no doubt you’ve encountered it inside buildings, outside, and even on food. There are so many different varieties that it would be impossible to list them all. Just because mold is common doesn’t mean it’s acceptable. Exposure to mold poses several health risks, especially to those whose immune systems are compromised. Professional mold remediation is important for the health and safety of those both living in and visiting your home!
Mold is actually a fungus. There are thousands of different species of mold that can grow both indoors and outdoors. Mold spores are resilient and can survive the harshest of conditions. Mold can come in a variety of shapes, colors, and even smells.
Where Does Mold Like to Grow?
Mold likes to grow in conditions that are:
Mold tends to grow where there are leaks or moisture problems such as a leaking window, roof, or door. Any area that becomes wet, such as carpet, furniture, or even drywall can become a habitat for mold if not dried out properly. Have you ever left wet clothes in a plastic bag for too long and pulled them out only to find mold on them? The plastic bag held in both moisture and heat, making it a perfect environment for mold to grow and thrive.
Health Problems Caused by Mold
Mold is not only unsightly, but exposure can cause a variety of health problems. According to the CDC, health issues resulting from coming in contact with mold include:
• Nasal stuffiness
• Throat irritation
• Eye irritation
• Skin irritation
• Lung infections
Research has indicated a link between exposure to mold and depression. Evidence also suggests that exposure to mold can cause asthma symptoms, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Everyone is different. Some may experience only one symptom while others experience more than one.
What Can You Do to Prevent Mold?
There are preventative measures you can take to decrease your chances of mold growing in or around your home. First, fix any leaks where moisture could be collecting, such as a leaking window or door.
Second, if an area becomes wet or floods, make sure you dry it out completely. Make sure your home, especially areas such as the laundry room and bathrooms are well-ventilated.
Lastly, keep humidity levels as low as possible. The CDC suggests keeping humidity levels below 50 percent at all times. Using a dehumidifier can help you achieve this.
The Importance of Mold Remediation
Despite your best efforts, you may still find yourself in need of mold remediation. Professional mold remediation is important for ensuring mold doesn’t threaten the health of you and your family. Did you know that even pets can be affected by mold? That’s right your four-legged friends are not immune from exposure to mold.
Professional mold remediation consists of multiple phases. Not only will the mold be removed from your home, but our specialists will, upon request, check your home for additional signs of mold and remove any found. Once all of the mold is removed, you can feel secure that your house is safe for all occupants.
Don’t let untreated mold jeopardize the health of you and your family.
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