Monday, December 9, 2013

Is Mold making You Sick In Your Own House?

Do you have a mold problem?

Mold or black mold can make your home or workplace a nightmare to be in. Some people have almost zero tolerance to mold while others are just fine. The individuals with low tolerance to mold are basically living in a toxic environment. The only time they get relief is when they are gone form the space. This must be taken care of by a mold remediation specialist. Failure to take care of the problem can lead to serious health issues.

Mold grows in damp, dark places that also provide a food source. Basements with cardboard boxes are a prime example. Also - sheetrock that has been wet or in a flooded environment provides an ideal place for mold to grow and flourish. this was seen after Super Storm Sandy here in the Northeast. Basements that had never been wet got water for the first time - leaving mold behind in its' wake. Attics are another place mold can sometimes grow. Ice dams can cause moisture to form on the underside of the roof sheeting. Also - improper ventilation can be the culprit.

How to prevent mold growth

Mold hates dry spaces! Your best defense is to keep areas dry where mold can grow. Store your belongings in plastic containers on vented shelves to keep air moving around. The use of dehumidifiers in damn areas is also a good idea. make sure gutters are free flowing and downspouts are away form the foundation - this is a major cause of moisture. The ground around your home should slope away from the foundations and leaders should be installed to allow water to flow away from the foundation.

What to do if you suspects mold in you living space

Calling a mold remediation company is your first course of action. They will perform a visual inspection as well as an air sample test if needed. They will then write a protocol to remove the mold. Find a trusted company by asking around as well as getting references from them. A great place to ask is your local Realtor or home inspector as the often times deal with these types of contractors.



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