Mold in simplistic term is a threat to your happy household. Scientifically, it is a fungus growing in multicellular filaments known as hyphae. And what’s wrong with that? Why should you be afraid? Well, mold is hazardous to your health and at its most destructive form has the power to bring down a building, your home. Therefore, mold treatment is something every home needs, requires.
That small dark patch of mold at a damp corner in your home could give your children chronic lung diseases upon constant long-term exposure. As a result of mold exposure, your pets can fall sick, elderly people severely sill and cause severe allergies to all. Having mold in your home is therefore certainly not an option! However, mold spores are present everywhere, in the outdoors and indoors, and it is not scientifically possible to eradicate every last spore. But the amount indoor mold spores can be brought down to a level that is not harmful in any way. And that basically is what mold treatment is all about.
If you have damp humid corners at your home, or it is that time of the year when heavy rain and humid weather hits your town, your home is more likely to be susceptible to molds. When discovering mold, many people try to scrape it off by themselves that is dangerous to your health and your home. The right thing to do is always to call a professional for mold treatment.
What to do when you find mold in your home
Try to locate all mold patches: If you see one mold patch then there’s a chance there are more. If it’s a rather small one and just a single mold patch, you can clean it with soap or authorized material and take precautions to not cause more mold outbursts. However, in case then you have several patches or a big patch of mold, stay away and call mold inspection professionals. A good way to locate mold is to look for water leakage source.
Get ready for a thorough mold inspection: you could have been living with hidden mold since a long time. So, if you have finally spotted some it is time to run a professional mold inspection and find all the sources and hidden molds. Prolonged exposure to mold can be almost close to fatal. Also, professional mold inspectors will come up with a scientific and effective way to treat mold in your household.
Try to control the moisture source: As long as there’s water and humidity, chances of more mold formation will be there. So, locating a water leakages or moisture source should be your primary concern. If you can’t manage to fully control the moisture source, then at least try close all water supply till professionals can do it for you. Also, remember to stay out of mold infected area and keep your family members away as well. Severe allergies to many other hazardous effects will appear upon constant exposure to mold.If you think you have a mold problem, please call Five Boro Mold Specialist for more information on our NYC mold inspection services.
Mold is a type of organism that thrives in dark and damp areas, reproducing by releasing mold spores into the air. All that is needed for mold to develop is moisture, humidity, and organic matter. There are literally thousands of types and variations of mold, some toxic and some non toxic.
Do you know which types of mold are lurking about in your home?
The 3 Main Types of Mold Allergenic, Pathogenic, Toxic
There are a large number of places where mold can grow and thrive in your home or building. Mold in any home or structure can prove to be extremely hazardous to you and your loved ones health, as well as damaging on your wallet if not dealt with in a timely manner. Mold is very dangerous as it typically makes people develop a wide range of health illnesses. Some of these illnesses include: respiratory infections, rashes and skin irritations, severe allergies, eye problems, severe illness, and even contributing indirectly as well as directly to death.
Therefore, preventing mold growth is very crucial. However, for you to prevent mold from growing, you must know the most common places where mold may be found.
Some of the more common places mold is found in your home include the following:
Mold growing in the bathroom- Mold thrives in high humidity, dark environments which are constantly exposed to moisture. The bathroom is a perfect place where mold can grow since it is where you brush your teeth, take showers and baths, wash your hands, along with many other actions that require water or that create humidity. You should routinely check the edges of shower curtains, the corner of the bathtubs, the sides of the faucets, underneath cabinets You should also check at your bathroom rugs are routinely cleaned if you have them. Poor ventilation in bathrooms is another major factor that inhibits a prime breeding ground for mold growth.
Mold In Kitchens- Mold Around The Sink, Refrigerator, Deep freezer, and Dishwasher Inside, underneath, and behind kitchen appliances and cabinets are another prime breeding ground for mold to grow as most of these places are dark and moist. You can prevent mold from growing in these places by ensuring that there is no standing water in the pan of the refrigerator, making sure that your water lines and drainage lines are not leaking, routinely cleaning underneath and behind kitchen appliances, and keeping your refrigerator clean and maintained.
Mold in basements, cellars, and Crawlspaces-This place is very good in breeding the house mold. This is because there is only a little or no sunlight at all. The place is also not ventilated well and there is high humidity. You can prevent mold from growing here by repairing all the leaking pipes and make the basement floors and walls waterproof.
Mold in Attics- Attics with poor ventilation are often one common place you will find mold. Lack of attic vents, roof vents, and/or attic ventilation fans are prime places for mold to flourish. If you have had a leaky roof or extremely wet weather for a long period of time, obviously the moisture will contribute to starting a mold infestation.
Mold in HVAC systems, Air conditioning units, and furnaces- The heat from machines or furnaces of the HVAC units may lead to growth of house mold. This is especially true if there is water near your HVAC system, furnaces, oil tanks,etc Condensation occurs in areas with high cold or heat and it typically leads to mold growth. To prevent this, always clean and maintain your HVAC units, duct work, and other heating and cooling components frequently.
Other places where mold can grow include:
Crawlspaces, underneath the floorboards, under carpet and carpet padding, in closets, inside of walls, in drywall, etc. Mold can even be found growing in your car and the ventilation systems, scary! In conclusion, if you are worried about the air quality in and around your home, and/or have experienced one of the many causes that could lead to mold growing within your home or building, it would be a good idea to conduct a thorough mold inspection of these areas.
Just think about it, mold spores mixing with dust and other air pollutants swirling about in your home for you and your loved one’s to breath…very disturbing to say the least.
Obviously, education and taking preventative measures are the best routes to explore when it comes to preventing a potentially hazardous mold infestation. If you suspect that you have mold lurking in and around your home, please give Five Boro Mold Specialist a call to schedule a professional mold inspection service.
About Five Boro Mold Specialist-
Five Boro Mold Specialist has 25 years of experience within the NYC environmental industries. We specialize in mold remediation and water damage prevention for the entire NYC metro area. Our NYC mold removal company has been servicing homeowners, landlords, property management companies, renters and tenants, businesses, education facilities, municipal buildings, government facilities, and other institutional structures with complete mold eradication services.We use state of the art mold remediation equipment, specialized toxic personal protection gear, and EPA-registered mold removal and prevention chemicals to rid your property of health-threatening toxic Mold. Our highly experienced staff are certified, professionally trained, and have been committed to providing all of our clients with impeccable and stress free mold removal services. We also offer a signature 3 year satisfaction guarantee on all work performed by our NYC mold experts.
You can schedule a NYC mold inspection service with one of our mold removal experts to receive an in depth estimate and to learn more about mold inspection and mold removal process.