Mold spores are everywhere and can take root on almost any damp surface. It is often found in buildings and homes, thriving in moisture resulting from roof leaks, damaged plumbing, and cold damp basement walls.
Usually homes are dry enough that the mold in question can’t grow to an extent damaging healthy residents. If left unchecked though, mold can overgrow and area and cause conditions hazards to the people and pets living in it.
Possible Health Issues Caused by Mold
There are many different types of mold, both toxic and non-toxic. If your home is host to toxic molds, the mycotoxins produced are a real health hazard to you and your family. Toxic mold exposure can result in serious illnesses ranging from respiratory sickness, neurological issues, and in some cases death. Symptoms of mycotoxin exposure may be as simple as headaches, coughing, sneezing, water eyes, sinus irritation, and skin irritation. If anyone in your home develops these symptoms with no other explanation you should have an expert search your home for toxic mold growth.
Searching for Mold Growth
Many types of mold are detectable by their odor. Unrepaired water damage is usually the first suspect. Sometimes though, mold can’t be detected by sight or odor.
If you suspect toxic mold growth in your home for any reason you should immediately contact a professional mold remediation service. These trained professional will be able to determine whether your property has been invaded by harmful molds.
If any mold is found a mold remediation specialist will sample and identify the species. Once the species has been identified the proper mold remediation measures will be taken.
Mold Remediation Procedures
The first step in mold remediation is to find and eliminate the mold’s source of moisture. No progress can be made until all water damage has been fixed. Once the moisture source is removed and the building materials have been dried mold remediation can begin. Powerful detergents will be used to scrub surfaces free of mold growth. In rare cases if the infestation is too widespread the building may be condemned.
Restoring your Home
When mold remediation is complete and all mold has been safely eliminated you may begin repairing ad redecorating your home. Remember to keep a watchful eye in the future for signs of water damage such as musty odors, discolored walls, stained carpets, and water spots on your interior ceilings. Doing so will help you avoid having to go through mold remediation again.