Mold is not a welcome addition to any home. Mold causes stains, damages wood and drywall, and depending on the species it can also cause flu-like symptoms and make it hard to breathe. It’s hard to escape mold since its microscopic spores are all around us, but we can at least take steps to keep mold growth to a minimum. What’s most important to remember is that mold can grow in any location so long as it has enough water.
Water Has Many Sources
Water is everywhere. The average human body is around 70 percent water by weight, and the air around us contains a small amount of water vapor. All mold really needs is a source of water and a surface to grow on, and any amount of water is enough to start it growing. This can include condensation dripping off a cold pipe, a pet’s water bowl, a cup of water left forgotten on a counter, and the walls of a shower stall.
Beware Of Bad Weather
Lots of rain can also lead to mold growth. Out in the lawn, mold has to compete with other plants like grasses, flowers, and trees, but if your roof springs a leak then mold will grow along the route the water takes through your attic and down your walls. Mold can also grow on untreated wood or building materials left outside, and if you don’t protect them from both above and below mold can damage your materials when water soaks in along the ground. Mold is also a significant problem when water floods your basement or crawlspace.
Mold Can Require Complete Replacements
Mold remediation is a process that removes excess mold growth once you’ve taken care of the leaks or spills that caused it to grow in the first place. Some surfaces will be as good as new after a thorough scrubbing, but other times you may need to sand or grind down the surface to get rid of all the mold growth. However, porous materials like drywall and carpets are damaged beyond repair when mold gets into them, so proper remediation means completely removing and replacing them.
Mold Remediation Is Important To Your Health
While many species of mold are completely harmless to humans (aside from the ugly stains and growth), there are a set of mold species that cause real problems. Black molds release spores that can cause runny noses, coughing, headaches, and other flu-like symptoms. One way you can tell if you have black mold in your home is if you have a constant cold that goes away when you spend a few hours outside or somewhere else.
If your home experiences severe water damage, then mold remediation needs to be a part of your recovery. However, a lot of molds can also grow around a small leak if you don’t spot the problem early enough. In either case, the best way to deal with the problem is to contact a restoration specialist like Renew Restoration and get started with an initial inspection.