Is mold in your house a problem?
EverDry Waterproofing offers a solution to water intrusion and mold problems in your home. We have over 25 years of experience in the business of basement waterproofing and crawl space encapsulation. People may think that they don’t need to waterproof their foundation if they don’t live in an area that’s prone to flooding, but there are other causes of water damage that can lead to mold growth. Even a small leak can cause big problems if it’s not fixed quickly.
Mold in houses and why it's a problem
Mold is a type of fungus that can grow in homes when moisture accumulates in the air. It’s an all-too-common problem, since it only needs miniscule amounts of moisture to form and it thrives in areas with warm temperatures and high humidity. Not only is mold unsightly, but it can have serious health repercussions if left unchecked, as its particles can trigger allergies, asthma attacks, and other respiratory conditions. Having adequate ventilation in houses with susceptible climates is key to warding off mold growth; however, if your home has been harboring this unwelcome guest for some time, professional remediation services may be the best way to remove it safely.
Common symptoms of mold exposure
Mold exposure can have serious and unforeseen effects. Common symptoms of mold exposure include sneezing, coughing, skin irritation, watery and itchy eyes, sore throat and difficulty breathing. Mold can contribute to a range of respiratory illnesses like asthma and wheezing, as well as produce allergic reactions that can cause hives and fever. Other symptoms experienced due to mold include fatigue, headaches, inability to concentrate and mood swings. In more severe cases of exposure, people may experience nausea or vomiting. It’s important that anyone who believes they have been exposed to mold seek medical attention immediately in order to minimize potential health risks.
Common places where mold can be found in homes
Mold is a type of fungus that thrives in moist environments and can cause health issues for people who are sensitive to it. In homes, mold is commonly found in areas where water collects such as basements, bathrooms, the kitchen, laundry rooms, attics or other parts of the home that have inadequate ventilation. It can also be found around windowsills and any pipes that run through the home, especially if they are leaking. To reduce the risk of developing a mold problem in your home it is important to regularly inspect these common locations and address any signs of moisture accumulation quickly.
Tips on how to prevent mold growth in your home
First – waterproof your foundation! You’d be amazed at what this simple act can do in eliminating moisture before it starts to become a problem. There are certainly other things we can do as well, however:
- Reduce moisture levels within your home by investing in a dehumidifier and ensure any standing water (from dishwashing for example) is mopped up immediately.
- Make sure that any leaky pipes or roofs are sealed promptly as this can prevent humidity from entering your home, thus limiting conditions which could lead to relative high moisture concentrations resulting in mold growth.
- Additionally, inspect ventilation systems within your environment including fans and air conditioning units as any clogs or defects within these fixtures will provide an atmosphere where bacteria can grow rapidly.
- Lastly, all surfaces prone to condensation should be routinely cleaned with antimicrobial products which can help to eradicate existing mold while also helping to prevent future outbreaks too.
What to do if you find mold in your house
If you suspect your home has mold, do not panic. The first step is to determine the type of mold in your living space. The most effective way to do so is to have an approved professional inspect the area and test for specific types of mold. If active mold growth is present, it’s important to act quickly in order to avoid any potential health risks that could arise from further exposure. It’s also recommended that you begin taking steps immediately to stop the spread of existing fungi and prevent new infestations from occurring in the future. Taking all necessary actions will go a long way towards preserving your family’s health and helping to protect your home from further damage or decay.
Mold is a common problem that can be found in almost every home. Not only does it have the potential to negatively impact your health, but if left unchecked it could lead to a serious and expensive-to-repair structural damage. To prevent this from occurring, it’s important for homeowners to be proactive about inspecting their homes for visible signs of mold, as well as investing in proper home maintenance. If you’re unsure what mold looks like or where it grows, seek advice from a certified professional who has experience testing and removing house mold. By taking these specific steps, you can protect yourself, your family and your home from the destructive effects of mold growth.