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Beware of Mold!


Mold is an eyesore, a destroyer of building materials, and a potential health hazard. There are several good reasons to beware of mold!


 


Mold gets started by water intrusion or some moisture issue. Mold is a living substance and needs moisture, air, and a food source to flourish. Left unchecked, mold contamination can go from bad to worse and require significant reconstruction.


 


Identifying and recognizing mold


 


Molds may be manifested in various forms, but molds generally are evidenced by an unpleasantly distinctive smell and discoloration. The most common signs of mold include:


 


  • Visual indications: Check especially for speckled black or green patches on the walls, ceilings, and floor if the area is damp, such as basements, bathrooms, and kitchens.

  • Health symptoms: Long-lasting health symptoms, such as sneezing, coughing, sore throats, nasal congestion, and eye irritation, all point to exposure to mold, especially if health significantly improves upon leaving the house.

  • Excessive moisture: Conditions of excess moisture, such as condensation on windows and paint peeling or bubbling, might, in some cases, be precursors to conditions ripe for mold.

 


Human health risks


 


Mold exposure can result in several health complications, especially for people with respiratory illnesses, allergies, or immuno-suppressed systems. Most health complications that may arise from molds may include health issues among individuals like allergic responses, attacks to asthmatic conditions, and other respiratory complaints. Long-term exposure may worsen the symptoms and result in several critical health conditions.


 


Mold prevention


 


Mold should be prevented to maintain a healthy home effectively. Here are some strategies to effectively prevent mold:


 


  • Humidity control: Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners to keep room humidity between 30 and 50%.

  • Ensure proper ventilation: Install exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.

  • Fix leaks quickly: Leaky pipes, leakages from the roof, and windows all contribute to mold growth.

  • Dry wet areas quickly: Mold growth typically begins 24 to 48 hours after a moisture event. Dry out all wet areas promptly following spills, leaks, or floods.

 


If you do find mold, clean any visible mold in small areas with water and detergent. However, it is always advisable to hire a professional mold remediation company for larger contaminated areas or if the ventilation system might be infected. Tools and training allow professionals to remove the mold without any risk to you. After all, it pays to call a pro!




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