Mold and most fungi are how the environment naturally breaks down animal and plant matter. Almost anywhere with moisture and organic matter is susceptible to mold growth. Unfortunately, that includes your home.
How Do I Know If I Have Mold In My Home?
Usually, you will be able to know you have a mold problem by smelling or seeing it. Most molds have a musty odor and this will be your first indication of a problem. The appearance can be fuzzy, slimy or discolored areas that get bigger as it grows. When experiencing a musty smell, follow your nose to get to the source. Check underneath surfaces including rugs, cabinets and walls. The most common areas you will find mold in are in the bathroom or basement, near windows or the refrigerator, and areas around the air conditioner.
Can Mold Damage My Home?
Mold can cause warping, peeling or cracking on whatever surface it is growing on, and will continue to grow if left unchecked. Once a mold spore has been embedded in dust, it needs only moisture to grow. If you are concerned about mold actively growing in your home but cannot find it, or if you’re concerned about the potential for black mold, hire a licensed mold professional immediately to identify the type of mold and its cause. If high levels of hazardous mold are found in your home, the pro will be able to make a visual inspection and determine the cause.
Are Their Health Risks To Having Mold In My Home?
Mold exposure can cause health problems, with extended exposures causing respiratory and allergic symptoms. Some people are more sensitive than others, especially those with current respiratory problems and the immunocompromised. Depending on the type of mold, your current health issues and the length of exposure, mold can have serious health implications so it’s best to take care of mold issues as soon as possible.
How Can I Get Rid Of Mold In My Home?
Mold can be removed with commercial products, bleach (8 oz. per 1 gallon of water) and soap and water. Be sure to open windows and wear protective eyewear, a face mask and gloves when cleaning mold. Be sure all the mold is removed before painting or applying caulk.
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