There are plenty of reasons why you should contact a professional water damage restoration company after a flood. Mold prevention and removal are two of the most important.
Mold is a serious problem when it grows in your home. Not only can it damage the structure of the house, but it also poses a health risk for those living in the home.
Exposure to mold can trigger allergic reactions, lung problems, and other health issues. If you or your loved ones are sensitive to mold, an allergic reaction can cause sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. Mold can trigger asthma attacks and other breathing problems, even in those who are not sensitive. In addition to affecting people with asthma and allergies, mold tends to cause health problems for infants and children, the elderly, people with compromised immune systems, and people with chronic lung disease.
What is Mold?
Mold is a fungus. It can be found just about anywhere, but when mold spores are concentrated indoors in larger amounts, they tend to cause problems. Mold can be many different colors and textures, so it is always best to have a professional evaluate the situation.
Mold thrives when an environment is moist. This is why water damage restoration is the first step in any mold removal project. Mold can grow inside of your walls, on and under your floods, on carpet, and furniture. Any time anything in your home gets wet there is a risk for mold growth if the surface or item is not completely dried out immediately.
How Can You Tell You Have a Mold Problem in Your Home?
In some cases, you’ll see mold growing on a surface, but this isn’t always the case. Usually, mold growth is discovered after the homeowner notices mildew or a musty smell. These odors are often associated with basements because there is so much moisture underground, but it’s possible if you have mold in your home you’ll notice the smell elsewhere.
If you have any reason to suspect a mold problem in your home or something occurred, such as a flood that would put your home at a higher risk for mold growth, you need to contact a professional mold remediation specialist.
Can You Clean Up Mold without Professional Help?
Although there are plenty of DIY recipes available online for mold cleanup, the truth is you shouldn’t attempt to do anything with mold without assistance from professional mold experts. A mold inspection and removal should be part of any water damage restoration project. Disturbing patches of mold releases spores into the air that can not only aggravate the health of those living there but result in mold growth occurring in areas nowhere near the original water damage.
Water damage restoration and mold removal specialists have the appropriate tools for identifying, containing, and removing mold. This ensures that no further damage will be done to your home after mold is discovered. There is also a chance that whatever mold you’re able to remove on your own is only a fraction of what is growing under your carpet or in your walls. You need professionals to identify the problem areas and ensure that a thorough removal job is done. Professional mold experts have access to equipment and technology that allows them to get to the root of the problem, fix it, and restore your home to a safe living environment for you and your loved ones.
For more information on water damage restoration and mold removal, or to speak to someone if you believe mold growth is a problem in your home, contact Rapid Dry Restoration at 303.710.8423.