For many reasons, most people are intimidated by mold. There is a stigma that surrounds mold problems because mold is not often discussed, and education is needed.
The history of mold:
Mold came into the forefront of news after hurricanes Katrina, and Rita swept the gulf coast in 2005. The flood waters that receded slowly provided a perfect place for mold to grow in homes that had to be vacated and left. This is not, however, a new type of phenomenon. Mold (and the required method of cleaning up said mold) is discussed at length in the Old Testament of the Bible, in the book of Leviticus. There are several different types of mold, many that are common and unnoticed.
Why is mold growing in my home?
Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, fungi play a role in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and fallen trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce using tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. The mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.
How do I know if I have a mold problem?
Many people recognize the moldy odor before the mold is seen. The musty smell that accompanies mold is noticeable and can be overwhelming. Mold has become more of a problem because of vacant and bank owned properties. Because no one is there to smell the mustiness, a mold suspicion can become a mold disaster while no one is looking.
What do I do now?
If you suspect that you have mold, the best plan of action is to call a Certified Mold Remediation professional like Action Restoration Inc. and have us inspect your building, and devise a plan to get rid of the problem. It would also be prudent to contact your property insurance agent or carrier, but be aware that mold is not covered under most policies.
It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust. The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor MOLD 2 mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors. If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem. If you clean up the mold but don’t set the water problem, then, most likely, the mold problem will come back.
In the event of a mold discovery, prompt remediation of contaminated materials and infrastructure repair are the most critical primary responses for property owners, and for the realtors who are trying to sell these homes. If action isn’t taken, mold will continue to grow.
Action Restoration Inc. is a local, independent Restoration Contractor servicing all of West Michigan, and we’re trained and licensed to take care of all your Water, Fire, and Mold problems in your home or business. Give us a call, and we’ll take care of the problem quickly.