Signs You Need Professional Mold Remediation Services

Mold is a dangerous intruder that will damage your property and health if allowed to. Often, mold problems are not easy to spot. Sometimes they are concealed from view behind walls or under flooring. So how do you know when you should call in professionals for remediation? This blog post highlights different warning signs that tell you when to contact the experts. mold remediation st augustine fl

Mold Remediation – St. Augustine, Florida

Visible Mold Growth

The most immediately obvious warning sign that you have a mold problem that requires professional mold remediation is visible mold growth. Mold can appear in a wide range of colors, including black, green, or white, and as spots, patches, or fuzzy growth. Mold has a knack for taking root and growing in areas that you would not normally expect to see, including bathrooms, basements, attics, and other areas where moisture tends to accumulate. If mold is discovered growing on a wall, ceiling, floor, or other type of surface, it is important to address the problem head-on, so it does not spread to other areas and wreak further havoc.

Musty Odors

Earthy or musty odors are generally a sign of hidden mold in your home, possibly in walls, ductwork, or elsewhere that might not be visible. Molds release VOCs, and moldy odors are a direct result of this. These odors might be one of the only signs that mold is present and actively growing, even if it cannot be seen. A professional mold remediator and their tools can perform an inspection to identify hidden mold sources and can remove odors and restore healthy and safe indoor quality.

Water Damage Or Moisture Issues

Mold thrives on moisture, which makes it a likely result of any water damage, such as leaks, floods, or just general plumbing issues. Water on its own is plenty for mold to grow, but add organic matter in a home, such as drywall, wooden beams, and flooring, and now mold has optimal conditions for growth. Mold can form even after a small amount of water, such as constantly leaking faucets or an inadequate extractor fan in a bathroom. Even moderate humidity levels can lead to mold growth if allowed to linger. Mold remediation means more than simply getting rid of the mold. True remediation involves addressing any underlying moisture conditions that led to the mold growth in the first place.

Allergic Reactions Or Respiratory Symptoms

Mold exposure is known to provoke allergic reactions and symptoms of respiratory disease. The most common symptoms include coughing, sneezing, wheezing, congestion, and itchy eyes and skin. If household members experience allergic reactions or respiratory symptoms that are unexplained or that improve when away from home, there may be a mold problem present. A professional mold remediation service will eliminate any visible and invisible mold, as well as reduce airborne spores to help eliminate symptoms and improve indoor air quality.

Building Material Damage

In addition to degrading indoor air quality, over time, mold can weaken the integrity of building materials. It feeds on most organic materials, including wood, drywall, sheathing, and insulation, and causes weakening and decay. Signs that can indicate mold growth at work include evidence of water damage: warped walls, buckled flooring, and crumbling drywall. A professional remediator can test for and remediate mold that has damaged a home.

Previous DIY Remediation Attempts

Without the proper knowledge, tools, and protective equipment, attempting to remediate mold without professional help could make matters worse, and put the health of household members at risk. DIY solutions, such as bleach solutions or vinegar, may mask mold growth but do little to eliminate it. Mold that has not been completely removed from a home could inevitably grow back and usually will grow back much worse than it was upon discovery. If past DIY remediation efforts have been unsuccessful or if there are lingering signs of mold, it is time to call a professional mold remediation company who can provide services that will completely remove any mold problem.

In conclusion, identifying the risks and symptoms that should prompt you to call a professional mold remediation service can save your house, your health, and your investment by helping you avoid further problems and permanently restore the normal conditions of your home. Whether you already see visible signs of mold growth, smell a musty odor, exhibit allergy-reactions, or have a water-damage problem, do not hesitate to call us at Restoration 1 of St. Augustine. Our team of qualified mold remediation specialists will help you to avoid the myriad harmful risks that can result from mold contaminated environments.