How Common Is Mold?
We often find mold in buildings and homes throughout Washington, DC. Mold grows in areas where there is too much moisture. You might experience a problem with moisture because of a leak or flooding. Mold is also known to develop in wood products, cardboard, ceiling tile, and paper. It may also grow in your insulation, upholstery, fabrics, drywall, carpeting, paint, and wallpaper. The most common indoor molds include Aspergillus, Cladosporium, and Penicillium.
How Mold Grows Indoors?
Many believe that mold can only grow outdoors but this is not true. Mold is known to grow both outdoors and indoors. It will usually begin to develop through the HVAC system, doorways, and open windows. The outside mold can also attach itself to your clothing, pets, or shoes. If there are mold spores where too much moisture has developed, such as because of planted pots, pipes, or a leaky roof, then mold can start growing inside. Many building materials have nutrients in them that can cause indoor mold to develop. These products include ceiling tiles, cardboard, wallpaper, and other commonly used materials in the home. There is always some amount of mold in your home, so it shouldn’t alarm you when it is discovered.
How Does Mold Affect Humans?
Mold is known to cause health problems for those who are allergic to it or for those with upper-respiratory problems, such as allergies. Some are more sensitive to mold and these are the ones who will begin to show signs of an allergy when mold is present. Those who are exposed to an excessive amount of mold may begin to show signs by experiencing itchy eyes, stuffy nose, wheezing, or a skin rash. Your physician can test for mold exposure but they can’t tell you if your symptoms are directly related to mold exposure.
How Do I Stop Mold from Growing?
You can stop mold from growing by having your property inspected annually. Businesses may want to have their business inspected more often, especially if they are susceptible to experiencing a mold problem. It only serves as added protection and can't hurt them. It will help to identify any serious mold problems as quickly as possible so that the problem can be addressed before it before more serious. Just because you can't see it doesn't mean that it doesn't exist. Here are some other things that you can do to control mold:
- Have a proper shower and laundry ventilation
- Control the levels of humidity
- Fix leaks immediately
- Dry out any wet areas of your home
How Do I Remove Mold?
Hire Washington DC Mold Services to get rid of your mold problem. We know how and where to look for the mold that may be growing in your home. We'll remove anything that we find with molds on it, such as insulation, carpeting, tiles, or drywall. After removing the items, we will remove the mold and begin our drying process. We offer you proven effective mold removal and remediation services.