Mold is a nuisance and can grow in just about any place in your home. Mold is commonly found growing in basements, ceilings, floors, air ducts, windows, bathrooms, behind shower walls, and insulation. It can cause major damage to a home and its inhabitants. If you notice anything that even slightly resembles mold, it’s important to take care of it immediately.
Why does it grow?
There are multiple factors that encourage mold growth, but moisture is the leading component needed for mold to thrive. Mold means that you have a leak from the outside or in the bathroom where water accumulates and is often overlooked when cleaning.
But is it mold?
Mold can often be mistaken for grime or dirt build-up and vice versa, so knowing a little about how mold grows and spreads can help you to identify and ultimately get rid of it. A good indicator if there is mold in your home can come from your immune system. Mold spreads by sending out millions of spores in to the air which are ingested and can cause allergic reactions. If you notice that you are constantly sneezing or feeling sick at home, it might me due to the presence of mold in your home.
What's That Smell?
When mold spores are released into the air, they carry with them a strong odor. A moldy smell is an immediate red flag. Start investigating to find the source but also, cover your airways so you don’t subject yourself to breathing in more spores.
Is That What I Think It Is?
In many cases, you can see mold growing. However, there can be more than meets the eye when it comes to mold. Mold can be hidden behind walls, in air ducts, and under flooring. Certain types of mold are invisible and can only be detected with the proper equipment. If you do see mold, take measures to have it removed quickly, or have a qualified professional investigate.
Do not touch or disturb what you think might be mold until you have taken the proper steps to contain it. Disturbing mold can release even more spores and help mold spread throughout your home.
Getting Rid of the Grime
There are many levels of mold infestations so it is a good idea to research before attempting to remove the mold on your own. Cases of cosmetic mold can usually be cleaned up without hiring a professional. In fact, there a few great resources with step by step guides to help you take care of the problem on your own.
Though you can deal with some of the smaller cases of mold yourself, it is a good idea to hire a professional eradicate large areas of mold. Pros Professionals have the proper equipment to efficiently and safely remove mold from homes. They can also detect the source and root causes of mold - even those unseen by the human eye.
Mold is a common household problem and we come across it often – especially in bathroom remodels. We don’t perform cover up jobs so if mold makes you cringe every time you step into your bathroom, it’s time to do something about it. Call us at 800-731-0197 for a free in-home quote.
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