What home maintenance issues make us cringe more than mold? Although a lot of information exists on how to notice, treat, and remove mold, we’re answering the questions that matter most to keep your family healthy and your home safe. Roll up your sleeves—we’re about to answer your most pressing questions.
1. How Can I Tell If I Have a Mold Problem?
If you believe mold is growing in your home or building, you’ll be able to tell through visual signs or noticeable smells. Small clusters of green, black, or brown growth are major indicators of mold, in addition to a musty odor. If your home has recently experienced water damage or leaks, it’s more susceptible to mold. However, as soon as you experience water damage, or see or smell mold, you can prevent further growth by removing the moisture and mold as quickly as possible.
2. How Does Mold Enter My Home?
Mold spores feed on dirt, dust, and any organic materials. No matter how meticulous you are about cleaning, every home can bring in mold through ventilation systems, shoes, clothes, pets, building materials, and much more. To lower the risk of activating these spores, it’s important to keep your indoor humidity level below 60%.
3. Where Can Mold Hide?
Every nook, cranny, and humid space is perfect for mold to hide and flourish. While this can happen on the interior and exterior of your home, it’s more common to discover mold in dark unused spaces such as basements, crawl spaces, closets, attics, or under sinks. In less obvious cases, mold can also develop behind wall paper, paneling, and walls. If you can’t see signs of mold, but you can smell a musty odor, it might be time to dive deeper into your water damage history or schedule a professional mold inspection.
4. I Found Mold — What’s Next?
Depending on the extent of the mold growth, the type, the location, and your comfort level, you can treat the mold yourself or consult a professional mold remediation service. While we caution against treating mold yourself, we’ve covered how effective household cleaners are in removing mold and mildew.
5. Is It Safe to Clean Mold on My Own?
Depending on the type of mold and how large the area is, it can be possible to clean it yourself. For instance, a small amount of mildew in your shower can be treated with common household cleaners. However, if it looks like toxic black mold or if the growth covers many square feet, it’s best to call a professional mold removal and remediation company. Some household cleaners simply mask the problem or make it worse. Since mold can cause a myriad of health concerns, we always recommend consulting an expert to help completely remove spores.
6. What Health Symptoms Result from Mold Exposure?
Many people don’t consider indoor air quality as a contributing factor for health issues, but this is often the case if mold is present. Mold affects humans and animals in incredibly negative ways, from skin rashes and onset asthma to cognitive issues, immune system suppression, respiratory distress, and inflammation. Additionally, workplace mold exposure is becoming an increasing issue. If you experience these symptoms and believe it may be a result of mold, consult a healthcare professional immediately.
7. How Can I Prevent Mold from Reoccurring?
Mold needs moisture, warmth, and a porous surface to grow—and your home is a prime environment. The easiest way to prevent mold from popping up is to routinely check for leaks, pipe drips, moisture buildup, and other water damage. If given the chance, mold will quickly develop and affect everyone in your home. You can also hire professionals to perform a yearly mold inspection or help repair any water damage.
Know When to Call Mold Remediation Professionals
Handling and cleaning mold on your own is a messy business. What makes it so difficult is completely removing the mold to prevent it from reoccurring. That’s where we step in. As experts in mold, mildew, and water removal, we know how to keep you and your family safe when dealing with a mold issue. Give us a call if you find mold—we’ll be over within two hours to assess the damage and make a plan for removal.