Mold Damage Emergency Tips
When it comes to mold, the name of the game is speed! It’s important to respond to mold issues quickly. While your instinct may be to scrub the mold, or to pour bleach on the problem, take the time to read these tips first! Many homeowners exacerbate their mold problems due to improper handling at the first sign of mold.
Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, around pipes, or where there has been sitting pools of water. Mold grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.
Resist the temptation to identify the mold type yourself
Did you know that there are over 100,000 species of mold? “Black mold” is the name given to the category of mold species that produces carcinogens and toxins that are harmful to your health. These toxins are known mycotoxins and have their own set of risks and hazards. Misidentifying mold may cause you to treat the mold in a way that is harmful to your health. Resist the temptation to identify the mold type yourself and seek out the help of a professional.
Take stock of your health
Are you feeling under the weather? Are you coughing more than usual? Mold at home or in the office can lead to various health problems, including skin rashes, nausea, mucous membrane irritation, acute or chronic liver damage, and immune system suppression. If you start feeling any of these symptoms, you should call a professional to inspect your home for mold.
Power down your heating and cooling systems
When you discover mold, the last thing you want to do is disturb the spores. When disrupted, mold spores will disperse and can make their way into air ducts and air filters, which will present difficulties for the remediation professionals tackling the problem. At the first sight of mold, shut off your heating and cooling systems until the mold can be treated properly by a professional team.