Mold Remediation and Removal
Mold is one of the most dangerous yet silent contaminants homeowners can face. Mold can start growing within 48 hours and if left untreated will damage both your homes structure and your families health. Mold can be found growing inside your home on damp or wet surfaces. These surfaces can include drywall, wallpaper, insulation, ceiling tiles,wood, and carpets. Mold remediation can help to fix the problem and prevent long term damage to your home and health. If you are concerned or see visible signs of mold you should contact a professional immediately.
Why is mold a concern?
Mold is found growing everywhere in nature. It can also grow everywhere in or around your home. The main concern with mold is that it can destroy anything it grows on over time. this can include your foundation, roof, gutters,HVAC systems, household furnishings, drywall, carpet, and more.
Another major concern with mold are the side effects that create health problems for you and your loved ones. Known side effects to mold include headaches, breathing difficulties, aggravated asthma symptoms, allergic reactions, and skin irritations.
Mold is a fungi that exists both outdoors and indoors. Mold reproduces and spreads by generating spores. Mold spores can survive conditions that otherwise do not allow mold to grow and then be carried by water or air to new locations. The exact number of mold species is unknown, however, estimates range from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands or more.
Moist environments caused by broken pipes, slow leaks, flood, or high humidity allow mold to thrive. Mold needs water, oxygen, a food source, and a temperature between 40-100 degrees F to grow.
All mold needs to grow and spread is an organic food source like cellulose. Such organic food sources can be found in building materials such as drywall and wood.
- Dark spots. Dark spots are a common indicator of mold growth. These spots can occur on floors, walls, or ceilings.
- Mildew or a musty odor.
- Allergy and respiratory symptoms. These can include coughing, sneezing, wheezing, or trouble breathing.
- High humidity level. Warning signs of high humidity levels include condensation on metal and glass surfaces.
Challenges with Mold
A professional is the only one that can identify the extent and source of present mold.
Since mold can grow under flooring and inside walls, it may not be visible.
Self treating mold with bleach can actually make the problem worse.
Mold and mildew grow in damp, warm, and humid conditions best.
If more than two days pass, even if it is not visible, wet materials will be affected.
Mold can compromise your homes structure and the health of your family.