If you live in a moist climate, or if you’ve recently experienced water damage in your home, your home may be at risk of mold damage. Unlike other obvious forms of home damage such as fire or water damage, mold damage is insidious and not easily noticed. In today’s blog, we’ll explain how homes become damaged by mold, the health risks of mold, as well as the basics of mold remediation. If your home has been damaged by mold, or if you suspect that mold is beginning to grow in your home, contact the professionals at Midwest Restoration Service. Our Top Rated Local® home restoration company has helped hundreds of people in Batavia with mold damage, and we’d be happy to help you protect your home. We offer free estimates, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
The term ‘mold’ is broad and encompasses a variety of different organic growths that can affect a home. Generally, mold requires the following conditions before it can begin growing in a home:
- Initial spores
- These can be carried into the home on your shoes, by a pet, or from the air.
- A source of food
- Drywall, wood, and insulation are common food sources.
- Absence of light
- UV rays are damaging to many mold varieties.
- Mold cannot grow in subzero or freezing temperatures.
- A damp climate or water-damaged materials provide the ideal conditions.
Given these requirements, it’s no wonder that many homeowners don’t discover mold in their homes until it begins to cause health problems or structural damage. Some of the most common areas mold is found in are beneath sinks, inside walls, and in areas with leaky plumbing, as the combination of moisture, darkness, and a food source provides the ideal conditions for mold growth. Other areas of the home, such as bathrooms and laundry rooms, are areas in which condensation can form with nowhere to go. Ventilation in these areas is particularly important, as they can also create the ideal conditions for mold growth.
The Health Risks of Mold
Whether and how mold growth in the home can affect you will vary according to the kind of mold that is growing, as well as how sensitive your body is to mold. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that the following symptoms are the most common effects of mold growth in the home:
- Nasal congestion and stuffiness
- Throat irritation
- Coughing and wheezing
- Eye itching and irritation
- Skin irritation
Those with mold allergies and asthma are particularly vulnerable to the effects of mold, and they should be particularly careful in areas which may be conducive to mold growth. Homes with young children, pets, and the elderly should also be watchful for mold, as spores can harm these vulnerable groups as well.
If you’ve determined that your home has a mold problem, the first thing you should do is contact a mold remediation service. While it can be tempting to treat the problem on your own, it’s important to enlist the help of a professional mold removal service to protect both you and your home. If the damage is extensive, your home may be structurally unsound. Moreover, the mold can return if you do not completely eliminate every spore from the affected areas. It can often be difficult to determine exactly how far the infestation has spread, but a professional will be able to tell you exactly how much damage has been done.
Once the mold removal service has been completed, you will be given directions to prevent the recurrence of mold growth in the area. This will often include improving the ventilation of the area and fixing any leaks or sources of moisture that caused the problem in the first place.
We hope that this post will help you recognize and prevent mold from damaging your home. If you suspect that mold is beginning to grow, or if you’ve already noticed mold growing in your home, contact Midwest Restoration Services immediately. Treating mold as quickly as possible will not only protect your home, but it will also protect your health. We’ve helped hundreds of Illinois residents combat and treat mold in their homes, and we would love to help you protect your home as well.