Could Mold Be Hiding in Your House?March 18, 2020
In our last blog we examined how gutters could be causing water issues in your home or business. One of the major problems with water damage is the growth of mold or mildew. This week we are taking a closer look at the main places mold could be growing and how to prevent this health hazard from happening in your home or business.
One area of your home that tends to be forgotten is the basement. Add this to the fact that water is affected by gravity and therefore will flow to the lowest place it can find, and your basement becomes the perfect place for mold to grow.
Water is necessary for mold growth, so it makes sense that the lowest level of your home may be harboring a humid atmosphere where runoff rainwater may find its way indoors.
We suggest acting immediately if you notice mold growth on your seasonal storage items, along the walls of the foundation, or on the sills of your basement windows. Mold contamination can be a major health risk to you, your family, or your employees if found in a place of business.
Our remediation technicians are trained in the proper protocol to remediate mold-affected areas while also protecting the inhabitants and the unaffected areas of your home or building from cross contamination.
The brick or stone crevices of a fireplace or chimney are the perfect place for water to hide and mold to develop. Faulty or improperly installed flashing and damaged chimney caps can mean water that has gotten into the area may have allowed mold to grow and spread.
If you smell a musty odor or notice plant growth in or around your chimney, you may have a mold issue. Regular chimney sweeping can help prevent this issue after you have remediated the mold.
Cabinets under the sink where pipes may have leaks or the drip pan under your refrigerator are excellent environments for mold to grow. Regular cleaning and air flow to these areas can help keep things dry and mold-free. These areas are rarely noticed and that may allow for mold to grow unchecked.
There are many different types of mold that could grow in your home or business. One of the more toxic is stachybotrys chartarum. This black mold can trigger a host of health issues. Some that you may notice regardless of the type of mold could include:
- Watery stinging eyes
- Tingly skin
- Asthma that has gotten worse
- A continued cough without a cold
- Allergic symptoms such as a stuffy nose or sneezing
Categorized in: Mold Remediation