Many people don't realize that mold can seriously threaten their home. It can cause structural damage to your home, and it can also cause health problems for you and your family. In this blog, we’ll break down what mold is, what it can do to you and your home, and how to remove it.
What is Mold?
Mold is a type of fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. It thrives in moist, warm environments and can often be found growing on food or in damp areas like bathrooms and basements. Mold reproduces through tiny spores that are released into the air, where they can quickly spread to new areas.
Mold can cause structural damage to your home, as well as health problems for you and your family. Inhaling mold spores can cause respiratory problems, and coming into contact with mold can cause skin irritation.
How Can Mold Affect Your Home?
While mold is often thought of as just a cosmetic problem, it can actually cause serious damage to the structure of a house. Mold spores attach themselves to surfaces and then begin to grow. As a mold colony grows, it produces enzymes that break down the surface on which it is growing. This can weaken the structural integrity of walls, ceilings, and floors. In addition, mold produces allergens that can cause respiratory problems in people who are exposed to it.
How Can Mold Affect Your Health?
Those with mold allergies may experience sneezing, coughing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and skin irritation. In addition, mold can trigger asthma attacks and exacerbates respiratory conditions such as COPD. In severe cases, mold exposure can lead to lung infections. If you suspect that you have a mold problem in your home, it is important to have the area tested by a professional.
How To Prevent Mold.
The first step is to identify the source of the moisture. This could mean fixing a leaky pipe, unclogging a drainage system, or stopping water from entering the home through cracks in the foundation.
Once the source of the moisture is eliminated, the mold will no longer have a place to thrive. To prevent mold growth in your home, it's also important to keep surfaces clean and dry, and to fix any leaks or water damage promptly.
Mold can also grow in your HVAC system, if you change your air filters irregularly or don’t control the moisture that enters your air ducts you could be growing and spreading mold throughout your home. These are reasons it’s important to schedule and maintain a regular maintenance schedule. Professional plumbers and HVAC technicians can spot mold, the reasons it’s growing and spreading, and advise you on how to solve and remove the issues from your home.
How to Get Rid of Mold.
If you find mold already growing in your home or on your property you should contact a team of professionals to help remove the growth. The first step is to eliminate the source of moisture that allows the mold to thrive and grow. Once the source of the moisture has been addressed, the next move is to clean up any existing mold. It may seem like an easy DIY task but this should be left to the team of professionals. Removing mold can be difficult for a novice and hazardous to your health. Hiring a specialized company to do the job correctly will help prevent the mold from coming back, and damaging your health and home further. It will also give you the assurance that all the mold has been removed completely.
Afterwards, try to keep the affected area as dry and well-ventilated as possible. Once the mold has been removed, take steps to prevent it from returning. This could include increasing ventilation in damp areas of the home, using an air conditioner or dehumidifier, and regularly cleaning surfaces that are prone to mold growth. By taking these precautions, you can keep your home Mold-free for good!
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