The short answer to the question above is a resounding “No” – it is not safe to knowingly stay in your home if there is mold present. While it’s true that we are exposed to healthy amounts of mold every day in the natural world, it is definitely not a substance that you want in your home where you are subject to prolonged exposure. This is especially true within areas of your home that you spend a lot of time, such as your bedroom or your living room. Continue reading to find out more about mold, how mold formulates and spreads, how mold negatively impacts your health, how to prevent mold, and how practices such as mold removal and mold remediation help prevent future mold breakouts.
How Does Mold Get into a Home?
Mold is formed (and eventually spreads) when there are two key elements present: moisture and a source of nourishment. Let’s say, for example, that there’s an area of the drywall ceiling above your shower that is prone to moisture residue collection from the steam and shower water. This would be an ideal hosting site for mold to form: the dampness from the moisture would allow the mold to begin forming and the cellulose-heavy drywall would allow the mold to spread. Pretty soon, that small patch of ceiling above your shower could turn into a mold infestation of your entire bathroom.
What Kind of Damage Does Mold Cause?
Mold can lead to severe structural damage within your home if you do not promptly resolve the issue via a mold remediation or mold control service. Because mold feeds on cellulose (an element found in many wood and paper products), it will eventually eat away at your walls, wooden beams, ceilings, and flooring, all of which negatively impact the structural integrity of your house. Structural home repairs can be very costly – it’s best for your finances to avoid having to perform them.
Damage to your house is temporary and can be fixed. Your health, however, is a different concern. Mold exposure can have negative health consequences, including but not limited to:
-allergic reactions such as sneezing, runny nose, burning eyes, and skin rash
-sore throat and throat irritation
Some more serious health effects of mold exposure include the development of:
-asthma attacks for asthmatics
Because of the potential for severe health issues, we cannot stress enough taking care of mold control issues as promptly as possible for the safety of you and your loved ones.
How Can I Prevent Mold?
The best way to prevent mold in your home is to eliminate sources of moisture and humidity. Even in dry Arizona air, your home is still subject to high humidity levels. Here are some standard moisture and humidity maintenance practices we recommend for homeowners:
-If you see moisture residue on your walls or ceilings, clean it up as soon as possible.
-The same goes for spills – if you spill water on your carpet, dry the area as quickly as possible.
-It’s never a bad idea to get your carpets professionally washed and clean on an annual or bi-annual basis.
-Utilize a dehumidifier during the hotter summer months.
-Along those same lines, don’t be afraid to run your air conditioner for extended periods of time during particularly hot days.
-Most showers come with an exhaust fan – use it! They help remove moisture in the air much faster.
-Use ceiling fans and leave interior doors open to maximize quality airflow.
Mold Removal and Mold Remediation
Sometimes even the most intensive maintenance practices aren’t enough to prevent a mold infestation. In the event of such an occurrence, you’ll need ServiceMaster All Care Restoration Mold Professionals, based in Phoenix. We are a full-service mold remediation, mold removal, and mold control company.
Our tried-and-tested process for mold removal and remediation is thorough and meant to act as a long-lasting mold control solution. The process includes evaluating the mold specimens, identifying the source of the mold, removing the mold and permanently damaged materials, cleaning and disinfecting the area of damage, repairing the moisture issue causing the mold, and running stress tests to ensure the quality and effectiveness of the repairs. We want to get the job done right, the first time – and our thorough process is what allows us to do that!
Outside of our mold control services, we also provide services for the following areas:
With ServiceMaster All Care Restoration Mold Professionals, you will be getting a superior service with a superior process that will put your mind at ease. Just remember – we at ServiceMaster stop at nothing because the job’s not done until the job’s done right.