Is your Vancouver home showing signs of mold infestation? If so, you should consider mold remediation before the situation gets out of hand. And if you’re seeing signs that mold is in your home, it’s probably well past time to get help. Here are some signs that you possibly have mold in your home.
1. Musty Mold Odor
Mold emits a musty odor that’s hard to ignore. The scent is most common in enclosed areas that don’t have adequate ventilation. Crawl spaces, basements, and attics are common areas in which mold growth can occur. You might not see the mold, but you’ll usually smell the musty odor if the mold growth is significant. However, you can still have mold even if you don’t see it or smell it.
2. Exposure to Moisture
Mold thrives in damp areas. If there are dormant mold spores in your home, exposure to moisture can cause them to grow. And it’s common to have mold spores in a home. Water damage from a flood or leak can cause mold to grow. Common moisture, such as from high humidity or condensation, can also lead to mold.
3. Visible Signs of Mold
Mold growing out in the open is easy to spot. You’ll likely notice discoloration on any surface where mold is growing. The texture of mold varies. Sometimes it looks soft and smooth. But it may also appear fluffy or slimy. And the color varies as well. Mold can sometimes have a reddish brown color, but also gray or black. Mold’s appearance depends on the type of mold you have and the surface on which it grows.
4. Unable to Easily Wash it Away
Some homeowners mistake mold for mildew. The two do sometimes look similar, but there’s an easy way to tell them apart. You can usually remove mildew by scrubbing it with a cleanser and a brush. But mold is a more serious problem because it doesn’t just grow on the surface. Mold is more difficult to remove because it generally penetrates any surface on which it grows. This is why mold remediation is often best left to the professionals.
5. Unexplained Illness
An unexplained illness isn’t always caused by mold. But mold is a health risk that can pose a danger to humans and pets. Toxic mold spores can aggravate allergies, respiratory illnesses, and other health issues.
If a family member or pet is having unexplained health issues, then mold is possibly a cause. Symptoms of mold exposure aren’t always immediately recognized as such. For example, mold exposure can cause migraine headaches, flu-like symptoms, and fatigue. These health issues aren’t all that uncommon, but if they persist, occur regularly, or have no obvious cause, then you should consider having your home checked for mold.
What Happens During Mold Remediation?
Our mold remediation in Vancouver WA specialist will verify that mold is present in your home. And to keep the mold from spreading, the specialist will create a barrier between the area with mold and the rest of your home. This is necessary because mold spores can spread when disturbed. The removal process begins once the area is thoroughly confined.
Common methods used to remove mold spores include vacuuming the area with a high-efficiency HEPA vacuum. The next step often involves thoroughly cleaning the area with a special solution made for removing mold. And possibly removing contaminated materials that are beyond cleaning.
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