Mold and Mildew: Simple Moisture Fix or Serious Problem?
Regardless of the season, you can probably think of at least one time where it was cool and damp on a summer day, or heavy and humid outside during autumn. These are precisely the types of reasons that make black mold removal and prevention top priorities.
One general rule of thumb to keep front and center: where moisture is found, mold is sure to follow. Respiratory discomfort, skin rashes and throat irritation from mold growth are preventable, so be sure to take note of the preventative measures we have outlined to incorporate into your mold abatement strategy.
Physical Symptoms: Signs of Black Mold or Mildew in Your Home
Discover If You Need Mold Testing Based on How You Feel
Whether you have lived in your home for one year or twenty, any exposure to black mold or mildew can wreak havoc on your body over time. As chronic inhalation and contact increase, you can expect one or many of the following physical symptoms to appear:
- Trouble breathing
- Congestion of the nose
- Itchy, red or watery eyes
- Frequent nose bleeds
- A rough or burning feeling in the airway
- Discomfort or pressure in the chest
- Running a fever
- Sneezing fits that persist over time
Services: Mold and Mildew Abatement for Existing Moisture Problems
As any prospective home seller knows, moisture problems can mean big trouble when it comes to closing the deal on a buyer’s contract. Not unlike the thorough investigation you probably conducted before purchasing your house the first time around, you want to ensure that no moisture surprises creep up.
For starters, primetime for mold and mildew is the summertime. This suggests you should plan ahead during the winter and spring to make arrangements for abatement services, which can be applied to any of the following areas where mold and mildew take root:
- Furniture, curtains and rugs
- Ceiling tiles and airways or duct systems
- Drywall and wallpaper
- Books, papers, files, magazines or records
- Basements and crawlspaces
- Storage areas and attics
What to Know: Types of Mold and Mildew
Worried about the source of that smell in your damp basement? There’s a chance it could be Alternaria, which is also popularly found in moist places like bathrooms under leaky sinks.
Your furniture, on the other hand, might fall victim to a type of mold known as Cladosporium. This particular strain thrives on both fabric and wooden surfaces, which comprises a majority of a typical home.
Aspergillus might be suspected if you detect powdery or dust like substances near food items or on building materials including drywall. Regardless of the type of mold or mildew in your home, you can rest assured that Compleat Restorations has the right service for you.
Do a Quick Assessment: Your Mold and Mildew Risk
Generally speaking, there are three major components to assessing your household’s risk for developing or fostering a moisture problem. The three “S” system can help you decide whether it’s time to call the mold abatement professionals.
If you can see or smell mold or mildew, or feel sicker while at home, these are sure signs that a thorough investigation is in order. To perform a check in your home, locate areas that might be exposed to sources of moisture such as vents, windows or corners. Cabinets are also a hotbed for mold growth, as key areas often remain out of sight.
When living in moist or humid climates all year long, or during peak seasons elsewhere, it is beneficial for homeowners to rotate their furniture. This way, you can be sure that no new mold or mildew growth has occurred over time and stay on top of any problems.
Lastly, if you notice you experience physical ailments that tend to go away or lessen while away from your home, a moisture or mold problem may be to blame. Keep track of the type and severity of symptoms you experience and consult with your doctor if necessary.