The first thing you need to do is locating the source of the mold, what’s creating it and what’s feeding it. Just like plants, molds needs nutrients and moisture to grow. When there is a leakage, there is a creation of a perfect ground for mold growth. You will need to find if there is any leakage though it can sometimes be difficult. If you can visibly see or smell the mold, there is no need to spend money on mold testing. The process will include cleaning the mold, locating the source of the moisture and fixing it. If you think you may have mold, get in touch with one of the Action 1 Restoration locations to get a mold removal estimate – http://www.action1restoration.net/restoration-services/mold-removal/
What Is MoldMolds are fungi. They grow naturally and built environment. In nature, molds play a big role in breaking down dead material. Molds should never be allowed to grow indoors because of the many health complications it could bring. Contact with the molds can also cause complication, especially if swallowed.
The type and severity of the health effects that mold produces are usually difficult to predict. The risk can vary from one location to another and from person to person. There are some people that might be affected more than others, these include; Elderly people, infants, and children, people with respiratory conditions such as asthma and allergies and persons with weakened immune systems.
Below are some of the early signs that you may have mold
Noticeable mold odorsThis is one of the most practical ways to find molds in your home by using your eyes to look for mold growth and by using the nose to locate the exact location of the source. The smell is a sure way to get the exact way to get the location because the smell gets stronger as you get closer. If you see mold or an musty or earthy smell, you should assume the mold problem exists.
Mold Growth Becomes VisibleIt may appear cottony, granular, velvety or leathery and vary in different colors like white, brown, green, yellow, black and gray. Many times, it appears as staining, discoloration or fuzzy growth on the surface of the building materials and furnishing. When the mold is visible, there is no need for testing.
You might notice excess moisture or water damage
Look for any standing water, water leaks, condensation problems and water stains. The best places to start looking is the carpet, walls, ceilings, woodwork and other building materials.
You can find some additional warning signs over here.
You start noticing allergy-like symptomsThere are some common conditions that you might start to notice. Some of these symptoms include;
- Nasal and sinus congestion
- Sore throat
- Wheeze/breathing difficulties
- Persistent cough
- Upper respiratory infections
- Skin and eye irritation
Exterior of the house appears to be wetYou might notice that there are areas on the exterior of the house appear to be wet or doesn’t dry days after rainy weather. This could indicate the presence of water in the walls or cavities that are holding the water and preventing it from escaping.
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