Where Does Mold Come From, And How Did It Get Into My House?
Mold is everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Spores enter your home through doorways, windows, vents, heating and air conditioning, even attached to clothing, bags, and pets. When spores settle on wet or damp surfaces, new colonies form and your problems begin. It will grow in areas of excess moisture, such as leaky roofs, windows, pipes, flooded areas, bathrooms, etc. Often, you may smell mold but cannot see the source. If you smell mold, or know there has been water damage, mold may be hidden in the dry wall, behind wall paper, under the carpet, or even on the top side of ceiling tiles. These areas along with the inside of walls, around pipes, and inside ductwork, can be very challenging to treat for mold.
How Does Mold Effect My Health?
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects, or none at all. Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, molds can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. People with mold allergies may have more severe reactions. Immune-compromised people and people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may get serious infections in their lungs when they are exposed to mold. These people should stay away from areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas.”
How Quickly Does Mold Grow And How Get Rid Of It?
Mold can grow within 24-48 hours. The best way to stop and prevent growth is to address the moisture problem. Our certified and advanced team of mold remediation specialists can fix the water leaks causing the mold growth and eliminate affected materials that pose health risks in your home or business.