Misleading advertising and sensational news stories supply people with misinformation about mold. The information is confusing and alarming. All mold requires caution. Regardless of the type or color, calling a qualified remediation specialist is the best course of action. Multiple types of mold often coexist in the same structure or home.
Causes and Effects of Mold
Addressing the source of mold is necessary. A plumbing or roof leak creates the possibility of mold infestation. It is capable of spreading throughout the business or home within 48 to 72 hours. The mold provides irritants and allergens that are potentially harmful to health.
Mold is a fungus that grows in moist areas. Inhaling mold spores is a potential health hazard. Allergic reactions and respiratory problems are possible. Mold spores are present nearly everywhere. They are in indoor and outdoor environments. Microscopic mold spores float in the air. Air-conditioning and heating systems, doors, and windows provide access to a home or business.
It enters on pets and clothing as well. Because spores thrive on moisture, colonies quickly arise from water exposure. High humidity supports the growth of mold. The recommended level of humidity is less than 45 percent.
Excessive moisture or humidity for an extended time causes problematic mold. A large untreated spill, a burst pipe, leaking plumbing or roof all cause mold to grow. Warm moist air that condenses on cool surfaces or high humidity also provides the kind of environment necessary for mold to develop.
Visible growth on painted walls is often an indication mold grows on the opposite side also. The environment inside walls is drastically different than the outside. Walls remaining wet create a haven for mold growth. The back side is worse than the front. Mold is capable of causing significant property damage. People with respiratory problems, the elderly, and children are especially at risk of health concerns. Hidden mold under carpets and behind drywall emits an odor that is strong and musty.
If Suspicious of Mold
Stay out of affected areas. Do not use fans or HVAC systems. Contact a specialist that offers mold remediation services. Mold needs to remain untouched and undisturbed until experts arrive. Prevent air blowing across surfaces having suspected or visible mold. Make no attempt to dry the surface. Do not spray disinfectants and bleach on the mold.
Mold Remediation Process
Professionals can inspect and assess a suspected mold problem. If they discover mold, they have the expertise, equipment, and training necessary to handle the problem. The best option is to let certified specialists contain a space, remove moldy materials and clean salvageable framing.
Remediation needs include:
• Ventilation containment
• Air filtration to catch mold spores that have been disturbed
• Cleaning, disinfecting and disposal
• Addressing humidity and moisture concerns
When conditions are right, mold is possible almost anywhere. Certified professionals have the experience and training to identify moisture sources, evaluate visible and suspected mold growth, contain the damage, remove contamination, and recommend or perform procedures that return property to its pre-loss condition. Let a specialist handle the problem.