THE SILENT INVADER IN YOUR HOME…
Mold is a living organism that belongs to the Fungi family. You are likely to find mold in areas which may be dark and moist such as basements, ceiling tiles, carpet, under sinks and around plumbing pipes. It can cause structural damage to your house when left untreated and undetected.
There are multiple types of mold that can grow in the same areas, some of them are not easy to detect visually without testing being done.
The most common types of mold are Aspergillus; it is usually allergenic mold that can be found on foods and in home air conditioning systems. Cladosporium can be a black or green substance that may grow for example, on the back of toilets, painted surfaces and fiberglass air ducts. And Stachybotrys, or also known as black mold, can be found in wet basements, attics and crawl spaces or any place that has a high moisture level.
Mold can cause health effects....
How to determine that you have mold in your house?
One of the simplest ways to determine that you have mold in your house is if you can see it. Another significant sign is the smell, if you notice that your home has a bit of a moldy smell or if it is an odor that is not common in your home, it might indicate that there may be a mold issue and should be investigated by a hygienist.
How to keep mold out of buildings and homes?
You can correct conditions causing mold by controlling humidity levels such as using your air conditioner, actively using your exhaust/ventilation fans, promptly fixing leaky roofs, windows, ventilating the bathrooms, laundry and cooking areas. Remember to always call a remediation company/hygienist if the affected area is 10 SF or larger. Please don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Doral at (305) 594 2956 for guidance regarding any questions or concerns you may have.