Have you ever picked up a slice of bread to discover an unappealing, dust-like substance? That, as we all know it, is mold. Mold is a form of fungi that can grow both indoors and outdoors. Outdoors, mold acts as a decomposing agent for dead organisms. Indoors, mold does not serve a functional purpose at all. It can spoil food, damage your home, provoke allergies, and cause health issues. If you find mold inside your home, it is typically a sign that moisture is or was present. How does mold make it into your home? Minuscule mold “spores” travel through the air and settle on damp spots, causing mold to grow.
Can Mold Affect Your Health?
Unfortunately, yes! Mold has the potential to induce allergies and other health problems like airborne illnesses. Some known reactions to mold include itchy skin, sneezing, coughing, irritated eyes, and runny nose. For those with asthma, mold can trigger asthma attacks. If you find yourself experiencing these symptoms unrelated to seasonal allergies or being sick, you may have mold in your home.
Mold is not always in obvious places. It can grow in hidden crevices that may not be present to the eye like underneath carpet and behind appliances. As said above, physical symptoms may indicate hidden mold, as might a musty odor. If you suspect mold in your home but are unsure of where it is, do not hesitate to call Restoration Connection for mold inspection and restoration services.
How to Prevent Mold
Mold can sneak up on you and spread rapidly, causing health problems and structural damage in your home. Not only is this inconvenient and costly, but potentially dangerous as well. Moisture control and humidity control are two key factors to help prevent mold growth. Here are some tips:
- Turn on the bathroom fan or open up a window when showering
- Clean up any spills as soon as possible
- Allow natural light in your home, as mold likes to grow in dark spaces
- Be aware of leaks – If you discover a leak, inspect the surrounding area for mold
- Consider air purifiers in humid weather
Call Restoration Connection
Although there are ways to prevent mold growth, it can still occur. If you suspect or discover mold in your home, don’t hesitate to reach out to Restoration Connection. Our specialists offer quality mold inspection, testing, and restoration services. We are always ready to help, just call us at 619-655-0776!