Mold in your home is never a good thing. Not only is it an eyesore, but it can have health risks as well. And getting rid of it is not always easy to do without calling in a professional. Thankfully, there are services available to us that specialize in this field. Mold remediation - as it is termed - is sometimes necessary for your residential property. Here are some facts about mold and why you might want to think about expediting the removal process:
How It Starts. Moisture can allow mold to grow, as well as food. If the right amount of moisture is present - as well as ideal temperatures - mold can begin to show itself within 48 hours. If you have had a flood in your home, be sure to check immediately after everything is cleaned up and the water is gone.
How It Looks. Many of us think of mold as always white, as it can appear on cheese or other foods. But if there is a moisture build up in your bathroom - usually in the shower area - mold starts out black. It can even show up as red on your shower liner.
Where to Look. Other than the bathroom and food as mentioned above, mold can appear on other places as well, with some of them seeming unlikely. Check your basement if it has a tendency to become damp, especially during humid summer months. Check crawl spaces, your humidifier, and any other area that does not have good ventilation.
Health Concerns. Fortunately, may people aren't affected by small amounts of mold. However, people who have pre-existing respiratory problems - asthma, etc. - can be very sensitive to its presence, and can cause breathing problems. Elderly people can be especially susceptible to the effects of growing mold.
Prevention. Since moisture presents an environment that can breed mold growth, do your best to keep moisture out. Dehumidifiers can play a big role in prevention, and are especially effective in the basement during the summer. Be sure to check them daily and remove the water when necessary. If you have a leak anywhere in the house, fix it as soon as you notice it. And make sure there is proper ventilation in any area of the house that is cramped - the laundry room (wherever the dryer is) needs proper ventilation as well.
The bottom line is that mold just isn't conducive to a healthy way of living in your home. If you can start good habits of prevention, you may never need remediation. But if the situation has already started to build, the experts can remove it and walk you through practical ways of prevention that are specific to you and your home.
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If you think you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Fairfield to schedule an inspection or mold removal. In some situations an indoor air quality professional will be required to create a restoration plan for your home. SERVPRO is experienced at carrying out the assigned mold remediation plan and working to make it "Like it Never Even Happened."