Mold growing indoors is unpleasing and can be unhealthy. Over time, unchecked mold growth can spread and form colonies in other areas of your home or place of business. It is important to detect the signs of mold early on to prevent health problems and protect your building materials, especially woodwork. Here ServiceMaster by Disaster Relief discusses mold and the signs you need to look out for.
What is mold?
Mold is a kind of fungus that comes in different colors and shapes. It comes in black, white, gray or green. Most molds survive and produce in moist areas. There are some molds that can easily be seen while some are stinky. They usually grow on walls, under ceilings and floors, or areas that are not accessible.
Molds are fungi that grow from microscopic spores that can be found in the air and develop on surfaces in clusters. Exposure to these microscopic spores can provoke allergic reactions, especially for asthmatic people or persons who have compromised immune systems. Even a healthy individual’s defense immunization system can be lowered, causing one to get sick.
These are the most common places where mold is likely to thrive:
Mold can cause health problems if not removed immediately. Some molds can cause rashes, seizures, unusual bleeding, and most respiratory problems.
Signs You Might Have Mold in Your Property
This is one of a homeowner’s worst nightmare: being overwhelmed by an unpleasant, powerful odor. You are looking for what is causing that horrible smell and find a patch of something on the wall and on your carpet. Here are several things that indicate that you might have mold in your area.
Steps to Prevent Mold Growth
Whether the water damage is caused by flooding or any other source, if water is trapped inside or behind walls, the elements that are needed for mold growth are most likely present. It is best to take action immediately to reduce the damage and prevent mold from spreading.
- Immediately dry areas. Try cleaning and drying the areas that are easily reached by water within 48 hours to avoid mold growth. It’s best to contact a professional for this since they have all the needed drying equipment.
- Be aware of warning signs. Continue to be sensitive to smelly odors in the affected area after cleaning and drying.
- Take a peek outside. Always check the exterior of your homes or buildings for collected groundwater. When the ground is soaked, molds begin to form outside and find their way inside the house. If the water has been collected in your area, take preventive measures to drain the water away from your place. Keeping your things dry is one of the best key steps to mold growth prevention.
- Removing damaged materials. If materials are wet and cannot be cleaned, discard them and find replacements.