How Common Is Mold?
Mold is commonly found in homes and buildings. It grows in places where there is a lot of moisture. The moisture that many experience is due to a leak, pipes, or windows, due to flooding. Mold can also grow on paper, ceiling tiles, wood products, and cardboard. It also grows in paints, insulation, wallpaper, dust, upholstery, fabric, carpet, and drywall. There are some common indoor molds, which are Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Cladosporium.
How Does Mold Get Indoors?
Some people assume that mold only grows outdoors but unfortunately, it can also grow indoors. It usually enters the home through open windows, HVAC systems, cracks, and doorways. Outside mold can attach itself to pets, shoes, and clothing. If mold spores drop where there is too much moisture, such as a leaky roof, walls, planted pots, or pipes, mold can start to grow. Unfortunately, building materials produce nutrients that encourage the growth of mold. Paper products, such as cardboard, and ceiling tiles, are common areas where we find mold developing. You will have some amount of mold in your home but an excessive amount of mold can create health concerns, and become visible when it begins to spread.
How Does Mold Affect Humans?
Mold can cause health concerns, especially for people who have upper-respiratory issues, such as allergies. Some people are more sensitive to mold than others. Exposure to mold can cause wheezing, itchy eyes, skin rashes, or a stuffy nose. Severe reactions could occur when a worker is exposed to large amounts of it. Severe symptoms might include shortness of breath and fever. When you begin to experience these systems then you can ask your physician about testing you for it. The test isn’t always conclusive but it could explain some of your health issues.
How Do You Keep Mold from Developing?
One way to help protect your property from mold exposure is by having an inspection performed every couple of years. In some instances, businesses that are more susceptible to mold exposure will have a mold inspection performed annually. This serves as added protection, as it helps to stop a serious mold problem from developing before it gets out of control. We will inspect the building for water damages and visible mold. Conditions, such as leaks, infiltration, flooding, or water leaks can cause mold to grow. You can control the mold inside your home by doing the following:
- Ventilating shower, cooking space, and laundry areas
- Control humidity levels
- Immediately fixing roof leaks, pipes, and windows
- Immediately drying out any wet areas due to flooding
How Do Get Rid of Mold?
We have to remove all the moldy items that we find, such as carpeting, insulation, tiles, wallboards, and drywall. Then we will clean and dry the areas where mold was found. Drying out the area prevents the mold from recurring. A commercial-grade cleaning formula will be used to clean the mold and then the drying process will begin. All surfaces are thoroughly dried before the mold has been properly treated.