As the thermometer warms up after a long cold winter, sometimes the higher temperature reveals an unpleasant problem in your home — mold growth.
Maybe the moisture is in the basement or the attic where you used a humidifier or a furnace. These are ideal areas for mold to flourish. It can thrive in an AC unit, under a sink or behind a wall, or any other spot with a leaky pipe. Mold can also be the result of a frozen pipe that burst. Anywhere that moisture sits or continues to build, mold can develop and spread.
Mold is a type of fungus and it exists all over the place. Mold spore can be found inside and in nature. There are countless varieties that we are exposed to regularly, usually without any issues. Mold spores break down or feed on organic matter.
Four factors are needed to grow mold and potentially cause problems: spores, a lot of moisture, the right temperatures, and a food supply.
Many people believe that considerable water damage is responsible for mold development. However, anywhere there is a warm temperature and a lot of moisture, mold spores can thrive.
Mold produces allergens that can lead to health problems. People with mold sensitivity experience a runny nose, headaches, sore throat, rashes and other unpleasant reactions. For some, the symptoms or long-term effects are severe such as chronic respiratory problems.
Mold can produce mycotoxins that are potentially toxic. These substances will exacerbate symptoms and immediate action must be taken. This type of toxic mold should only be handled by a certified, licensed mold removal professional. These trained individuals know how to take all the necessary precautions to avoid contaminating the rest of your home.
Some common warning signs that indicate mold in the home include:
Contact Lone Star to discuss mold remediation in your home if you are experiencing any of these problems.
Depending on the extent of the mold damage, the answer is yes. A small area of non-toxic mold can be cleaned up using the proper precautions and the right cleaning agents. Here are some tips from the EPA regarding non-toxic mold clean up:
For larger areas, consult with a mold remediation company in Spring, TX for professional cleaning with the proper precautions.