Mold can be a real issue in a home. It can show up anywhere in the home from the basement to the attic. Mold is a product of extended exposure to water in people’s homes. If you have standing water or even a leaky pipe, then you have the risk of having a mold issue. It’s incredibly common, and most houses may have an issue of some sort or another.
What is a mold growth? In nature, mold is very common. It helps to break down dead organic matter. Indoors, however, it can be a real issue if it begins to grow with moisture as symptoms from common allergens, irritants and sometimes toxic substances called mycotoxins. Symptoms can range from common sneezing, runny nose, and skin rashes , but mold can also cause asthma.
It is incredibly important to clean mold in the best way possible. Even after the best cleanup, there will be some mold still present, but it is possible to mitigate the effects of mold. The key to any mold mitigation is to identify the cause of the moisture and fix it. This could be anything from leaky pipes to issues with your roof. If the cause is not addressed, then you run the risk of seeing the mold reappear.
If you have a mold issue that is over 10 sq. ft., then you need to have a contractor that you can trust to the do the job correctly and according to the various EPA standards of building maintenance and HVAC compliance. A good contractor will be able to assess the cause of the mold, fix the cause and get your house back to being mold free.
When the cleanup is complete then your house should be clear of all visible mold and the underlying mold smell will both be gone. Go back over the sites of mold growth in order to see any signs of water damage or mold growth. Once everything passes an inspection then you should be free to occupy the dwelling as before.
Mold growth can be easily contained from spreading in the future once a cleanup has occurred. You want to make sure that any spill is dried within 48 hours of the spill. Clean gutters on a regular basis. Landscape your lawn so water drains away from the foundation of the house. Regularly check your air conditioner for running properly, and keep your indoor humidity low by venting appliances outdoors, running de-humidifiers when necessary, using the bathroom fan when showering, and raising air temperature to reduce condensation.
Mold can be an intimidating home issue, but if you are vigilant with the condition of your home and appliances, then you can reduce the impact of mold on your life allowing you and your family to live much better.
Call Water Damage Zone today (877) 520.1923 your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips. You can also visit our sister company for further information on restoration services at Best American Builders.
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