A house is supposed to be the one place that keeps you safe, warm, and comfortable at all times. But what do you do when your safe haven is under attack from mold infestation?
All molds can lead to the development of serious health conditions. Allergens can trigger reactions. People who are allergic to mold can also suffer from asthma attacks. Some molds can also produce toxins and/or irritants to human and pet health. The three most common molds are Stachybotrys (black mold), Aspergillus, and Penicillium. Not only are they dangerous, but they are the most commonly found indoor toxic molds.
Why you should be Worried about Mold Infestation?
If your house has mold damage, then don’t wait till the problem gets out of hand. Take action quickly. Microscopic fungus just needs oxygen and moisture to grow. There is hardly a house which is deficient of these two elements! Your flooring, walls, furniture, windows, and just about any surface can fall victim to mold infestation. Once mold spores start growing within your home space, the invasion can be quick and the damage can run deep.
Mold penetration is more extensive when it comes to absorbent surfaces such as your carpets, rugs, and drywall. Children, elders, pets, and anyone with prior health (respiratory) conditions is at a bigger health risk from mold infestation. Common mold related health conditions include sore throat, runny nose and irritation to the eyes, skin rashes as well as severe respiratory conditions such as an asthma attack.
Take Charge – Here’s what you can do
Once you know you have a mold situation, the first thing you need to do is to contact a specialist. Reason being, a trained mold removal professional knows how to locate the source of mold damage. Any kind of clean-up is only going to be effective if the source is tackled first. In addition, here are a few things that you can do to address the mold infestation issue.
- Reduce humidity by ensuring there is adequate movement of fresh air in places where moisture collection is unavoidable such as your bathrooms and laundry rooms.
- Use exhaust fans to balance the humidity level in your house.
- Check your plumbing for leaks and if you do have excess water issues, dry the affected area if possible.
- When you wash surfaces, make sure all excess water is allowed to drain and the area is dry after the clean-up.
- Absorbent surfaces such as carpeting, rugs, and upholstery are easy prey to mold infestation; if possible, try and dry the materials completely.
Most of these are in fact activities that home owners should follow regardless of whether there is a mold infestation issue or not. Proper ventilation, drying up excess water and moisture, preventing or addressing water leakage issues quickly can go a long way in preventing mold infestation. However, when the mold damage is extensive, the best course of action is to contact a mold removal expert as quickly as possible.