Have you noticed your home smelling mustier and mustier over the last few days? It’s like that smell you get opening the door to a house that has been lying dormant for years: stagnant air and the scent of musky, humid air.
Let’s start by having you answer this question. Did you experience a severe rainstorm in the last few weeks? Maybe your geyser blew in the roof recently? If that is the case, you’re probably dealing with mold growth caused by water intrusion into the walls, ceiling, or flooring in your home.
Water Damage and Your Home
Water can enter your home through several sources. A pipe might burst in the wall or floor, a storm could dislodge tiles in the roof, or an ice dam could form in your gutters.
Whatever the reason for the water entry, you need to dry it out within 48 to 72-hours after it enters, or you run the risk of mold growth.
M0old spores are microscopic, meaning you can’t see them with the naked eye. They get everywhere, settling in the dark, moist corners of your home where they start to spread.
Water Damage and Air Quality
When mold starts to accumulate in your hold, it releases more spores into the air, causing the funny stuffy smell you notice when you get home from work and open the front door. The smell of mold is distinct and hard to miss.
Mold is microscopic, but it can cause huge health complications, especially in people with breathing disorders like asthma. The mold spores can also cause allergic responses in sensitive individuals. If you have family members sneezing more than usual, it could be a sign of mold in the home.
In some cases, strains like black mold can cause blood toxicity, requiring you to seek medical help. Mold needs immediate removal from your home to remediate the air quality and eliminate the health risk to you and your family.
How Do I Identify Mold In My Home?
Most homeowners identify the presence of mold after noticing the musty smell in their homes. However, by then, it’s too late, and you’ll need to hire a professional mold remediation service to remove it from your home and purify the air of spores.
Contact a mold inspection company. They will visit your home and check the air quality using specialized equipment. The devices identify the quantity of the spores in the air and the extent of the infestation using lab-approved testing procedures.
What Do I Do If I Think I Have Mold In My Home?
The inspection service will check the air quality in your home and send the samples to a lab for testing—the lab analysis the species of mold causing the problem and the extent of the infestation.
If the results come back positive for mold, the contractor will identify the area in the home responsible for the infestation. They remove the mold using approved methods and sterilize the area before remediating the air with specialized equipment.
Depending on the extent of the problem, it could take a few hours or a few days to get your home back into shape.
If you have questions concerning mold or water damage give us a call here at Zona Restoration!