If you have seen mold in your home or you think your home might have mold, you may have a few questions. Is it something serious? Can you take care of it yourself without having to empty your pockets? Is it unsafe to live in your home while there’s mold present? In this article, we aim to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about mold and mold control. This way, you can feel secure in your choice to address your home mold issue. And, protect yourself and your family from the effects of mold altogether.
Q: How Can You Identify Mold?
A: Identifying mold may not be as simple as seeing it growing in our outside of your home. It’s important to know that different types of mold may appear different, as they can have differences in texture, color, and even size. So, this can make it difficult to know if what you’re seeing is, in fact, mold. In many cases, mold is confused for dirt, grime, or mildew. But, there are other ways to identify mold without having to see it. For example, mold gives off a pungent smell that’s easily recognizable, if you know what to search for. However, the only sure way to identify mold and which type it may be is to have a professional come to your property and test for mold.
Q: What are the Causes of Mold?
A: The cause of mold is basically giving an environment in which it can grow and thrive. Mold needs two things to survive; dampness and darkness. So, if you have leaky pipes, water damage, or built-up condensation anywhere in your home that offers a dark environment, like in your walls or basement, you could experience mold growth.
Q: Is Mold in the Home a Serious Issue?
A: Unfortunately, depending on the type of mold present in your home, mold can lead to a number of health issues. That’s because mold spreads by sending millions of tiny mold spores into the air to find the right environment for growth. When these mold spores are breathed in, they can stay in the body and lead to a number of health symptoms. Some symptoms of mold exposure may include:
- Runny nose
- Irritation of the eyes, throat, and skin
- Sore throat
- Nose bleeds
Furthermore, some individuals may be more at risk for worsened health issues caused by an allergic reaction to mold. So, especially if you or a family member experiences a lot of issues with asthma or allergies, it’s even more important to address mold as soon as possible.
Q: Can I Remove Mold Myself?
A: Many people may attempt to save money and remove mold for themselves using bleach or even covering mold up with paint. However, when there is mold in one area of your home, the chances are that’s not the only area of your home that’s affected. And, that it’s likely that mold is spreading through your HVAC system. So, even if you remove some mold with bleach, it’s bound to grow back. And, you and your family will still be breathing in mold spores that can result in debilitating sickness. If you’re serious about removing mold from your property, you’ll get the professionals involved. This way, you can be sure that you’ve completely eliminated this dangerous fungus from your home.
Q: Is it Unsafe to Live in Your Home While Having Mold Removed?
A: Basically, this depends on your mold situation. If it’s imperative to remove drywall and there is a lot of mold and water damage in the home, it may be in your best interest to remove yourself and your family from your home during the remediation process. But, you won’t know the extent of the mold issue in your home until you have the professionals diagnose the issue. If there isn’t that much mold present and the remediation process will only take a day or two, it’s possible to stay inside your home during the process. But, this is simply different from case to case and from differing family preferences and needs.
Need Mold Control in Your Home?
If you think that you need mold control because your home has mold, get in touch with the professionals at A Plus Mold Remediation Inc. We can help to remediate the mold in your home, as well as clean your HVAC system from spreading mold spores so that the issues are concluded. And, you can be sure that the mold in your home is taken care of, and your family is kept safe. To get your quote for mold inspection or remediation, contact us today.