The humidity that our region in the U.S. brings can be very tough on us, as well as our home or business. The problems this humidity and moisture brings is mildew and mold. Mildew and Mold are simple microscopic organisms that live and breed in a moist environment. The unfortunate characteristic about mold is that it can start to grow in just 24-48 hours. The surfaces that mold and mildew like to grow on include: wood, drywall, insulation, wallpaper, and the vast majority of materials used in construction.
Though you may think a small spot of growth isn’t a huge issue, mold “seeds” travel through the air and reproduce on anything they may come in contact with. That small spot of growth will spread throughout your basement, attic, crawlspace, or home, and will become colonies of mold, eventually causing structural damage to your home or business. Our goal is to stop it before it gets to that point and prevent it from happening again.
Then there’s another issue with mold: Health problems. There are many different types of molds that we are around from day to day; the most common being allergens that most people can handle in small quantities. Issues arise when certain molds are present, or when any mold is inhaled in high concentrations. Those that are at the highest risk for health issues from mold include pregnant women, children, infants, elderly, and those with existing immune or respiratory problems.
Health-related symptoms that can be caused by mold include;
- Difficulty breathing (wheezing, asthma attack, etc.)
- Eye irritation (burning, watery, redness)
- Nose or throat irritation (Sneezing, bloody noses, etc.)
- Skin rashes or hives
- Headaches, memory loss, mood changes
Symptoms may become more severe the more time you spend around any type of mold, the most severe being mycotoxins.
Mold can be a very intimidating and irritating problem to have. Fortunately, our team of experts knows how to locate, identify, and take care of all of your mold issues.
Identifying the precursors to mold can be tricky to the untrained eye. Give us a call today for an in-home comprehensive inspection for your home or business.