Sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, cough, itchy eyes, nose and throat?
You may have mold in your home.
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Mold Removal and Remediation
Mold is a living organism that does not belong to the animal or plant classification, but instead classified as a fungi. Mold can come in various types and all of them are found in the environment. Mold spores cannot be seen by the naked eye. They are commonly found in decaying matter and the soil and travels through the air. Outdoors, mold plays a significant role in the natural decaying process of plant matter. Mold may not be hazardous outdoors but it can put a person’s health at risk when found inside the house.
Mold also comes in different colors like black, green, orange, brown, and white. Mold commonly has a furry appearance or looks like a stringy slime but there are some that have a powdery appearance. The most dangerous type of mold is black mold and finding them inside a house is scary. It should be addressed right away to prevent health problems. Mold grows very fast and a colony can form in just 48 hours form the time a mold spore comes in contact with a surface.
Health Risks Caused By Mold
Several health problems may arise from mold exposure. Since it can easily travel through air, inhaling mold spores can lead to different respiratory problems. Allergies, asthma, sinus infections, respiratory infections, as well as skin rashes are some of the most common side effects. Mold can also be fatal in certain situations.
Understanding Mold Growth
Mold needs certain elements for it to develop, grow, and survive. These are mold spores, proper temperature, moisture, as well as carbon atoms. If all these elements are abundant in a certain location, a perfect environment suitable for mold growth is created.
Mold spores – cannot be seen by the naked eye and travels via air. They can attach to nearly all kinds of object especially in damp surfaces and porous things.
Temperature – mold does not like any particular climate because they can grow in cold and hot areas. However, it likes temperatures that are much like the human body.
Moisture – mold loves moisture. The ideal locations for mold growth are areas that trap water vapor and condensation.
Feeding Agent – The majority of living things give off carbon atoms that mold uses as its source of food. In case the first three requirements have been met, any organism that contains carbon will be used as its food source like skin cells or even wood.
Mold Growth Prevention
Mold growth can happen in any home. Black mold is often found in utility rooms, bathrooms, basements, kitchen, and laundry equipment. But, homeowners can take a proactive approach in limiting if not totally preventing mold growth.
Ventilate – there should be a ventilation system set in place in areas like the crawl space or attic. This will help bring in fresh air while pushing water vapor out as well. Houses without windows should have a circulation fan or a dehumidifier.
Fix cracks in foundation – even the tiniest crack can become the best place for mold growth. You can use water proof chalk to seal areas like window frames, corner areas of the foundation, as well as the doors.
Keep stored items organized – when you are storing furniture and personal belongings, it is not recommended to stack items on top of each other. Doing so increases the risk of trapping moisture and preventing the circulation of air.
Baking soda – it can help absorb moisture. Place a box of baking soda underneath the bathroom and kitchen cabinets as well as in the refrigerator. This will help prevent moisture from developing and producing a great environment for mold growth.
HVAC systems must be free of mold – heating systems, air ducts, filters, and air conditioning systems should be cleaned on a regular basis. This will stop mold from developing and spreading inside the house. If you think you have mold problems, call the professional HVAC contractor DuctWorks Heating and cooling right away.
Mold Testing and Removal
There are numerous mold testing kits in the market today. But experts say that these kits should only be used as a first step. These testing kits have a swab, which you can use to collect a tiny sample of mold. There are other kits that are made to collect and grow mold inside an incubator while others will require the user to send the sample to a certain testing laboratory for testing. Mold tests conducted at home could be misleading since they don’t provide an indication about the amount of mold that is present. It also does not say how dangerous the mold is. The best way to detect mold is to call DuctWorks Heating and Cooling for complete mold testing.
Hiring A Professional For Mold Testing and Removal
Individuals who are trained and licensed in the mold identification or removal methods are called professional mold removal contractors. These experts will use the right cleaning supplies and industrial equipment to eradicate the mold and its colonies from your home. During a mold inspection, the professional mold removal contractor will inspect the area visually and test the air using a devise that is known as a “sniffer.” Based on the findings, the expert will send a mold sample for lab testing.
Call DuctWorks Heating and Cooling, Inc. if you are having mold problems at home.
DuctWorks Heating and Cooling, Inc
303 Main St
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582