Spring is here (contrary to the weather we’ve been experiencing) and time to do some spring cleaning. As you’re de-cluttering and organizing your home, you may discover there is some mold growth in areas.
Mold is a natural part of the environment. It plays an important role in the decay of organic matter and is a vital component of the decomposition process. But we’re talking outdoors, not indoors.
When mold grows on surfaces inside your home, it can be toxic and cause adverse health-related problems. These health issues can range in severity, depending on the person’s immune system. Some effects of mold include skin and eye irritation, respiratory issues and nasal stuffiness. If individuals already have breathing issues resulting from asthma or chronic lung disease, or if they have specific allergies to mold, they can suffer more serious symptoms.
Signs of Mold
If you notice any of the following signs that mold is growing in your home, you should consider hiring a professional for mold remediation.
1. Musty Odors
Mold will emit a musty smell when it exists indoors. If you notice a strange odor, especially in areas where there is typically moisture, you could have mold, even if you can’t see it.
2. Standing Water or Water Spots
Have you had recent flooding or other events causing excess water to accumulate on surfaces? Standing water can be a breeding ground for mold. If you notice water stains on surfaces, they are also susceptible to mold growth, since moist surfaces encourage mold growth.
Again, humidity produces moisture, making it a mold-friendly environment. Moisture is mold’s companion and they typically go hand in hand. If the humidity in your home is above 60 percent, you’re at a high risk of mold infestation.
4. Mold Spores or Discoloration
Mold spores can be in the form of fuzzy or slimy discolorations. Mold isn’t always black; many species are visible in gray, white, brown, red and even some hues of pastel colors. Some molds look like dust, or fuzz, while others look like sand granules. If you actually notice mold spores on surfaces, it is certain you need professional remediation.
5. Leaky Pipes
If you have any leaking pipes in your plumbing, you have a situation where mold can grow. Even after the leaks are fixed, the mold may already have infested the areas around them.
6. Ventilation Problems
If you have rooms or areas with poor ventilation, moisture will not dissipate quickly enough, causing an environment conducive to mold growth. Bathrooms with no windows or exhaust fan, basements and even kitchens where cooking produces steamy areas are some examples of areas where moisture accumulates.
Are you or other people living in the home experiencing allergies or symptoms like scratchy throat, congestion, breathing problems, headaches, skin irritation, or other allergic reactions? These could be triggered by the existence of toxic mold in the home.
Call Professional Mold Remediation Specialists
Some people believe that they can clean the mold up themselves. Usually, mold on surfaces is not dangerous; but if it is disturbed and the spores go airborne, that’s when adverse effects can occur.
There is also a common misconception that bleach can safely remove mold. This is NOT true. Bleach does not kill mold spores; it only removes the color, and as you scrub on the mold colony you disperse the spores into the air contaminating the surrounding area you are working in.
Don’t compromise the health and well-being of you and your family. If you see or suspect mold growth in your home, call the professionals at St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration. Our trained technicians will use the correct and effective procedures to remediate the mold in your home.