Is household mold concerning you? Here are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding mold:
If I discover mold in my home, what should I do?
By far the best course of action is to call a professional mold removal service as soon as possible. They’ll be able to locate the source of the issue and take the necessary steps to remove it.
Can I get rid of mold myself?
If the infestation is very minor, yes. However, contrary to what some people believe, high heat and dry air are not enough to eliminate mold. To truly remove the mold, you’ll have to use a strong detergent and some elbow grease. Bleach does not kill mold, but it can remove existing mold on hard surfaces. However, a word of caution: Because bleach is made up of water, it can actually encourage future mold growth.
How can I avoid the growth of mold?
Keep your home well ventilated and insulated, and vacuum frequently to remove mold spores as much as possible. Also, remove any condensation you find on windows or pipes, to avoid excess moisture from becoming a breeding ground for mold.
How can mold make me sick?
Mold can negative affect one’s health by either coming in contact with the skin or by being inhaled. Mold exposure can cause health problems such as:
Lung irritation/chronic cough
Compromised immune function
Higher risk of cancer
Headaches and nausea
What happens if I do get sick from mold exposure?
You may need to see a specialist, such as an infectious disease specialist or an allergist, depending on your symptoms. You may require an antihistamine or nasal spray, or other treatment as your symptoms dictate.
Where should I look for mold in my home?
Mold can grow pretty much anywhere, but there are several locations that are very common breeding grounds for mold. Mold loves dark, moist places. Check areas such as:
Bathrooms and kitchens
Carpeting and thick-pile rugs
Around your pipes, faucets and ducts
In your basement and in your attic
Along window sills and walls
In the garage
Are all types of mold bad?
Mold definitely has a reputation for being a bad thing, but it’s not always the case! In fact, there are some types of mold that have very important uses! Have you ever heard of the mold known as penicillium? If you’ve ever taken penicillin, you have! Molds are also used in the creation of other medications, as well as in the making of food items such as cheese and soy sauce. That being said, you don’t want to find mold in your home. Mold can cause a host of issues, so it is very important to check for the presence of it frequently and, should you notice any, to have it taken care of right away. A company such as Affordable Waterproofing LLC can help.