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Mold – The Silent Conqueror
It looks ugly, persistent and unpleasant but there is a lot of ways to fight with it!
Mold removal is a very widespread problem because any home or business can quickly become infected with mold, so prevention is one of the best ways to resolve it.
If you suspect the mold is in your home, after mold testing, depending on the size of the problem, you can decide which way of mold remediation you will go.
What is mold?
Mold is the result of moisture that attacks the walls and usually manifests itself in the lower corners of the rooms. However, it can be spread out everywhere and can be very unpleasant. It may appear behind furniture, wallpapers, in all darker parts of the room, and mostly in those that are not heated and remains cold.
The biggest issue is the consequences of inhaling fungal spores and molds that travel by air. Scientists have recently discovered that every sixth child in the world due to coexistence with the fungus has problems with various forms of diseases (allergy, cough, asthma, severe headaches, etc.).
How to recognize it?
The source of moisture comes from the poor insulation of foundations and lower plates, as well as a slight leakage of water supply and drainage pipes in the walls of the house.
As the problem with moisture may not be visible at first, it is very important to do mold inspection so you could recognize whether you are on the premises of developing fungus, but also if you have a problem with water in the house. Almost every third house in the world fight with this problem, because the moisture spreads rapidly. It means, if there are already traces of mold, it will appear in other places also.
First signs of mold:
1.Smelling specific odor of moisture
2.Visible mold growth
3.Signs of plumbing problems
This specific smell usually returns even after the windmills of the room. After some time, it will come into textiles and other parts of the furniture. It’s best to react at this stage and have mold inspection to react in time.
Visible traces of mold are obvious evidence of the problem. It happens that some of us ignore the smell of damp and mold, so it comes to the appearance of small traces of mold which means that you should take action immediately. Small patches can spread because they show your home gives them right conditions for growth. Visible traces of mold also means that you can have a larger colony somewhere in the house growing hidden from the views so mold inspection has to include all parts of the house like attics and basements.
In most cases it occurs in the form of black dots but some mold can also be gray-brown, gray-green, white, even orange, pink or purple.
Water leaks will cause mold growth that can often be hidden. If the leak was behind a wall or other surface then any mold will probably be hidden behind the surface too. You can recognize moisture problem if you have water stains or discoloration on walls, floors or ceilings in your house. Seeing these could be a clue that there is mold growing within or behind the material. Also, surface abnormalities like peeling, bubbling or cracking of the paint or wallpaper mean moisture has gotten into them.
Health problems are the most dangerous side of this problem. Those who are prone to allergies will certainly respond to the fungi in the air, as well as those who already have problems with respiratory organs. Signs of exposure to moisture and mold can be creaking in the lungs, shortness of breath, rapid fatigue and body ache like the flu.
Mold remediation and prevention
Daily prevention against mold includes:
-Regular windmills and controlling of humidity, which can not exceed 70% when the mold is guaranteed.
– If you know you have any leaks in your home, you should fix them without delay.
– Keep the temperature warmer in your room (insulation on your windows, walls, pipes…). This way you will have less condensation.
– Don’t leave wet clothes sitting in a pile for a long time and make sure there is no any lying around in the room.
However, if the problem is already there, along with some blissful natural solutions, today there are completely new materials that effectively solve the problem of the appearance of the fungus in the apartment without danger to the health of persons who reside in it.
If the mold growth area is small and not toxic, then you can perform the mold remediation yourself.
House products that can be helpful in mold removal:
- Baking Soda
- Tea tree oil
- Citrus seeds
In the mold remediation process spores will be disturbed in the air so you have to have protective equipment which includes:
- Protective clothing that covers your whole body
- Dust filter mask or respirator
But, if this conqueror possessed a large area of your home, it’s always best to hire a professional mold removal and remediation service.