Mold and Dampness Facts

Mold and dampness are present everywhere. The growth of mold causes distress for many homeowners. Mold grows in damp places like basements or bathrooms. However, it is possible to prevent excessive mold growth and to remediate it if it does take hold in our homes.

Facts about mold

Mold is everywhere. Mold spores carry in the wind and get into our homes through open windows and doors. We have mold spores on our clothing and shoes.

Moisture and dampness encourage mold growth. When a mold spore finds a damp place, it can take root and begin to grow. Eliminating the damp areas in our homes is the best way to prevent mold growth.

Mold can cause health effects. For sensitive individuals, mold growth irritates the eyes, lungs, and skin. People who are allergic to mold experience nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, eye irritation, coughing, wheezing, and other extreme allergic reactions.

Homeowners can control mold in the following ways:

Control humidity levels. Repair leaky roofs, windows, and pipes. Clean and dry immediately after flooding. Venting shower, laundry, and cooking areas helps to prevent mold as well.

Mold comes in many different colors. It is often identified as spots along a wall or in the corner of a room, but it can be large or small splotches. Mold can also give off a musty smell.

Mold can grow in unexpected areas. Dust, wallpaper, paints, carpet, and upholstery can all breed mold under the right conditions. Mold can grow in fabrics like our clothes, or on our personal belongings like photographs and books.

Mold growth can extend below the surface. Homeowners may be able to remove surface mold on their own, although it is not recommended, but the growth could be deep within the material. This means that the mold will grow back. Mold damage can weaken building materials and foundations if left untreated.

What to do if you see mold

If you see mold within your home or suspect that mold could grow within your home, call our mold remediation team today. We will inspect the area and determine the extent of the damage. We also work with insurance companies to remediate the situation so that your home can be free of mold and safe and healthy for you and your family.