Mold Damage Repair & Restoration
What Is Mold?
Mold is a living microorganism that grows in moist environments. When mold infests your home, if left untreated, it will multiply, attacking key structural elements that can weaken your home’s structural integrity. Exposure to mold can lead to allergic reactions, respiratory problems, or other illnesses. For children, the elderly, and people with suppressed immune systems, this exposure can potentially be deadly.
How Does Mold Become a Problem to Your Home?
Mold can begin to grow on a moist surface within 24 hours. It can grow in places where moisture is regularly present, such as a bathroom, or in places affected by water damage, such as a roof leak or flood. Wood, sheetrock, grout — all are places where mold can grow and multiply. So if your home has experienced any water damage, it’s vital to address the damage and eliminate mold right away.
Signs of Mold
Wondering whether your home might have a mold problem? Look for these signs:
- Musty odor — A persistent moldy odor is often the first sign of a mold problem.
- Discoloration — Mold can appear as dark spots on walls or ceilings, or discoloration on tile grout.
- Water damage — Signs of unwanted moisture in your home — such as water spots, leaky faucets, rust, humidity, warped wood, structural deteriorations, and bubbling or peeling paint — can all indicate the possibility of mold growth.
- Allergic symptoms — Exposure to mold can cause an allergic reaction, such as asthma, sore eyes, itchy skin, nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing and sore throat. If you feel better when you leave the house and worse when you return, you should check for mold.
Steps to Take in Eliminating Mold
To get rid of mold, you must do more than clear your home of musty odors. Some steps for true mold remediation include:
- Finding and stopping the source of moisture that has allowed mold to grow
- Sealing off mold-infested areas from the rest of your home during treatment, to prevent further contamination
- Cleaning or removing and replacing mold-infested baseboards, sheetrock, carpeting, and wood
- Applying anti-microbial treatments to prevent further growth
- Installing preventative measures such as humidity controls and proper ventilation