What You Need to Know About Mold Damage and Restoration

January 31, 2020 at 5:00 AM
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Exposure to mold can cause a variety of health issues, from mild sniffles and sneezing to complications that require hospitalization like severe cases of fever, shortness of breath and lethargy. 

This becomes even scarier when you consider how easily common mold can begin to grow in buildings and homes. Mold is all around us, and can enter through open doors and windows, and can even be brought in on our clothes. When these mold spores meet moisture, damage can be just around the corner.

How Does Mold Damage Occur?

It seems like a few harmless microscopic spores shouldn’t cause a devastating home event—but they can. When mold spores meet water or moisture, the spores form a colony and start growing in 24-48 hours. They then reproduce, making more spores that travel through the air. These airborne spores can make mold damage “jump”, creating more colonies in damp areas.

Until the moisture is addressed, the mold will continue to grow. Most building supplies offer a perfect environment for mold to grow, because they contain nutrients to feed the colony. Any wet cellulose material, such as paper, wood or ceiling tile, is a potential breeding ground for mold.

Where Is Mold Most Likely to Grow?

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The most common places for mold damage to start all share one thing in common: water. If you’ve had a water event — such as a flood, burst pipe or slow leak — you’re at risk. Pay close attention to those areas for at least a month once you’ve dried them.

Home and business owners should develop a monthly routine of checking the most common areas of mold development. Check the following areas every month:

  • Attics
  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Wall interiors—do a knock test on random areas
  • Under sinks
  • Around tubs
  • Under window air conditioners

When in doubt, enlist the help of a pro. At Green Clean Restoration, we offer mold inspection. If you can smell mold but can’t see it, we can check it out for you. 

How Do I Know If I Have Mold Damage?

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If you have a large infestation, you will be able to see it and/or smell it. But mold may be present and wreaking havoc on your home, business or health even if it’s not visible. 

Has There Been a Water Event?

This doesn’t necessarily mean mold is present but the majority of problems that require mold damage restoration are triggered by a water event.

Do You See Discoloration?

Given enough time, the mold will discolor the surface it is breeding on. Mold isn’t always black. Look for any of these colors:

  • White
  • Grey
  • Brown
  • Red
  • Pastel hues

While these molds may thrive on different surfaces, they all require moisture or relative humidity in the air to flourish.

A Musty Odor

A hallmark of mold infestation is a musty odor that is constant or comes and goes. Some molds don’t produce odor, but those that do, produce when they’re colonizing. Even if you can’t see it, a musty odor tells you remediation may be in order. 

Consequences of Not Addressing Mold

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If you leave mold damage untreated, the results can be devastating. You may be left with:

  • Ongoing health problems
  • Weakened structural integrity
  • Lost cosmetic appeal
  • Lost use of infested rooms
  • Inability to resell the property
  • Much higher replacement costs

Get Help from the Best

At Green Clean Restoration, when we handle your mold damage restoration, we take the guesswork and headache out of an already stressful situation. We only use EPA and USDA approved products and can tackle remediation problems of any size. We not only restore your property but your peace of mind. Give us a call at 410-961-6770 for a free, no-obligation quote.