Indoors and outdoors, mold is a fungus that grows in damp environments. There are many different types of molds and the visible traits of some are, yellow slime, damp looking stains, or other colorful looking fuzzy patches. Mold can be found hiding too, such as above ceiling tiles, in carpeting, and behind drywall walls. If you can’t see it, you may be smelling it.
Outdoors, mold is fairly harmless, but indoors can cause serious impact on your health or cause structural damages on the surfaces it grows on. Mold grows and releases spores into the air, and by inhaling them, can cause serious respiratory illness.
While there are other reasons for home afflicted health symptoms such as indoor air pollution, dust mites, and mold by products, the common symptoms of living with the presence of mold are:
Those with immune deficiencies, children and seniors are the most likely to have negative health impacts from mold inhalation. If you or your family experience any of the above symptoms, then contact your doctor immediately.
Mold can get into your home through a number of ways. It can grow from ignored water damage, or physically brought in on your clothes, shoes or other surfaces or brought in by your pets.
Mold only grows where there is moisture and wood-based products to feed on. You may find mold in air conditioning units, seepage through foundation walls or floors, leaks in roofs or pipes, and around windows. After flooding, it’s common to find mold growing on upholstery or fabrics, under carpeting, on paint and wallpaper or behind walls.
Once you have had a mold infestation, it’s hard to remove it. It’s crucial to act immediately to remove the mold to prevent further damage. Because mold remediation experts are equipped to find and remove mold with specialized equipment, you should employ their services. The will remove the mold, repair the water damaged areas, and clean, dry, disinfect and deodorize the infected areas.