You know what it looks like. Black clusters next to your bathtub, a water fountain or under a cabinet. It’s ugly. You can chose to ignore it, but if it grows it won’t go away. You have MOLD!
When you think mold, think “moisture.” It forms in areas of excessive moisture or humidity. Mold can grow on wood, carpet, paper, insulation or food. It feeds on dust and dirt. If you find mold, it’s not necessarily because you’re messy. Where there is excess moisture, you have a potential for mold. You cannot control the mold itself, but you can control the amount of moisture that produces said mold. If mold is not completely removed, it will reoccur.
Finding mold in your home or workplace can definitely put a damper on your day and a dent in your pocketbook. It’s definitely a process to eliminate mold. Below, find a few of the steps in that mold elimination process:
- Discovery – Once you suspect the presence of mold, contact a professional! They can perform a test that will confirm if there is a legitimate mold presence.
- Symptoms/Effects – Mold can cause symptoms in humans, such as: allergic reactions, asthma and respiratory problems. Contact your physician before seeking a specialist’s opinion.
- Now What – Once the expert has confirmed mold, remove the area of mold. Mold is caused by moisture so you will need to find out what is causing the excessive moisture or humidity. Once the cause has been controlled, you can attempt to clean. Again, contact a professional for their expertise. Remove all wet areas and dry extensively. If insulation gets wet, remove and replace it, there is no way to “clean” it.
Mold is dangerous and expensive. The best way to prevent mold is to prevent moisture. Keep your home’s humidity at less than 50%. Visually inspect your home regularly to catch any mold before it dominates your home. If you have any questions about mold or other bacterial growth, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Plumber in San Antonio.