Mold is a fungus that grows in colonies and some molds even generate toxic gases. It reproduces through spores which become airborne and cause a lengthy list of health problems including irritation of the eyes, allergic reactions, sinus and respiratory problems. This health hazard is especially toxic to the young, pets, and the elderly.
Where is it?
Mold is a big problem in the warm humid climates of the South in states like Florida and Texas. Around Delmarva, mold is most commonly found in basements, crawlspaces, bathrooms and kitchens since these are the places most likely to have the highest humidity in your home. When remodeling a bathroom for example, finding mold is an unpleasant surprise. A leaky roof, leaky plumbing or cracks in your foundation can lead to not only water damage but dangerous mold growth between the walls of your home.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Has the basement ever flooded?
- Do we have any standing water there?
- Do we have water damage from a fire?
- Have we found any wet insulation?
- Any moisture damage on finished walls? or damp floors?
- Damp carpets or musty smells?
- Condensation on window sills or pipes?
Answering yes to more than one of these questions could be cause for concern. Anywhere you have water leaking or water condensing can be a potential spot for mold growth. Where there is dampness, the mold can flourish.
How do we get rid of it?
Getting rid of mold is no easy task. Significant growth of mold may require you to remove and replace building materials including flooring, insulation and roofing. Once you're down to the framing, we can paint with antimicrobial paint. Glass and metal items can stay but it is highly recommended that porous things like carpeting, whether it was wet or not, should be replaced as it may be contaminated with mold spores.
Mold thrives in moist conditions; so keeping a room like the bathroom well ventilated is crucial. Get a bathroom fan installed if you're remodeling or not. Be aware that some insurance companies do not cover a mold renovation. To prevent mold growth in your home, address any water damage problems swiftly. You must not wait; mold can grow within a few days. The longer you wait the more cost you will incur down the road. For more information call EH Custom Homes.
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