Knowing that you may have mold in your house is the most stressful feeling since you feel frustrated and also uncomfortable. The first thing that might pop in your mind might be to sell the house but unfortunately this should be your last decision. A lot of people ignore the signs until when the problem becomes worse and has taken over your home and also brought about health issues.
Therefore it might be time to be aware of the signs which may include;
1. Allergies – do your allergies tend to be worse when at home and when you immediately leave the house you feel better? mold is a common allergen that can worsen your chronic problems. If you find yourself suffering from allergies, there might be a high chance that there is mold in the house and it can be in the basement, behind the walls in damp areas of the house or even under your carpet. In other cases, it can be found in your mattresses. Some of the allergic reactions include sneezing, runny nose etc. Here are some of the allergy symptoms you can get from mold in your house.
2. Water problems – if your home has ever had water problems or issues with moisture, you can be rest assured that mold has already started growing. If you know that you had water problems in the past or you still have them, hire a trained professional inspector to check your home. Some of the indications include discolored floors, walls and ceilings, peeling of wallpaper, cracking etc. When hiring a trained professional, make sure to look for one who can also give you advice on how to prevent the situation and not only how to clear the situation.
3. Moldy odor – smelling a musty odor is one of the first signs that you have mold since this means that the mold might be under or in something. Just because you cannot see the mold doesn’t necessarily mean that they are not there. Make sure to always inspect your home before it gets to a worse state which will cost you a lot of money to get rid of and also bring some health problems to your family.
4. Past floods – if you have had flooding in the past, chances are mold already took root and grew. This will be found in areas where the water took along time to dry for example the basement, sometimes even in places where you least expect like behind the walls or underneath the flooring. Check your warranty to see if you have damage coverage information in case you experienced flooding in the past.
We all like to live in a clean environment, and our immediate surroundings happen to be our houses. This is the reason we invest so much time and money to ensure they are clean and healthy to live in. However, unforeseeable organisms in the form of microscopic fungi that form molds may derail us from our good intentions. In a moment we are going to find out the leading causes of molds and their remedy.
It is without a doubt to say that molds are caused by fungi. Science has proven that toxic fungi thrive in moist places causing:
The best you can do is to prevent mold from forming by denying the fungi spores a conducive environment to multiply. This can be done by keeping all surfaces dry and ensuring that the house is properly ventilated.
If your house is infested with mold, you are highly advised against trying to clean it yourself. This is too dangerous and requires expertise, special clothing, and tools. You should procure the services of a mold remediation company. Mold remediation is a three-step process of trying to eliminate molds.
A trained eye will be able to determine the damage caused by the mold or if there is any at all. Some molds may be undetectable by the naked eye this is why you can not overlook the importance of mold remediation experts. They may also be able to know the type of mold by its odor (probably because of their vast experience or training). In short, mold assessment aims to
• Determine the existence or extent of the fungi.
• Identify the source of moisture.
These experts will run all sorts of tests to determine the kind of fungi that have infested your house and the concentration of the spores. The analysis is done for the best method to tackle the mold infestation. The sampling findings at this stage guide the final and crucial stage.
Depending on the extent of the infestation a combination of measures is taken
• The water problem is solved.
• The contaminated area is isolated to prevent further spreading of the spores.
• Dehumidify the affected areas.
• Remove all damaged materials.
• Air filtration: to reduce the number of spores in the infested area.
• Clean the area with special disinfectants.
After this is done a clearance test is performed, and if any areas don’t fulfill its requirements, it is subjected to the same process again. A certificate of mold remediation is finally issued once the house is conclusively presumed to be mold free.