Truth About Mold
Mold can be a scary word, but the truth is: not all mold is bad. In fact, people can find certain types of mold quite enjoyable. Blue cheese is a result of mold. Edible mushrooms are a type of fungi. Even the antibiotic Penicillin is a product of mold. However, certain forms of mold can be harmful and may cause health effects for some people.
Those at Risk:
- Infants and children
- Pregnant Women
- The Elderly
- People with compromised respiratory systems or asthma and allergies
- People with weakened immune systems
Where Does Mold Come From?
Mold is all around us. Some levels of mold in your home are common and normal. Mold becomes a problem when it becomes excessive. Certain conditions feed the normal levels of mold causing the mold to grow.
1- If you have a water leak or flood in your home, big or small, it needs to be addressed promptly and professionally to prevent harmful mold growth.
2- If the humidity and moisture levels are not properly monitored this creates an environment for mold spores to grow and multiply.
3- If water leaks are not addressed at the source any mold can return or even spread.
What Can You Do?
Be alert for moister problems in your home or office. Fix leaks or plumbing issues promptly. A strong, musty odor can be a sign of mold that may not to visible. If you suspect harmful mold, call the professionals.
Do not try to remove the mold yourself. True not all types of mold are bad but it's best to leave any clean up to the professionals rather than risk getting you or your family ill. If not removed properly, you risk spreading the mold spores.
Do not treat the area with bleach. This may treat the surface but may mask the mold growing under the surface or within the walls and other surrounding material. Giving it a chance to continue growing and spreading.
Do not turn on your HVAC or use fans or air blower in the area with suspected mold. This will spread the mold spores to the rest of your home or office.
If you're unsure about the mold in your home or office call the professionals at SERVPRO of East Riverside City who are trained in mold remediation and can assist and advise you if further testing is required. Our team is IICRC certified and ready to make it "Like it never even happened."