Mold Remediation – York, Maine
Mold growth at your York, ME property; the mere thought of it can bring shivers down your spine. Mold is virtually everywhere. It has its purpose in nature, but in the wrong setting it can be quite destructive and dangerous once the spores latch on to objects. If mold growth is discovered in your property, it is wise to call a professional mold remediation contractor to clean up the issue.
Mold is a fungus. It can live indoors and outdoors. It is microscopic and reproduces by forming spores which travel through the air. Once the spores land on a moist surface with a food source; mold will likely form. Mold thrives in damp, humid environments. Its sole purpose is to destroy and decompose objects. In nature it is often found on dead leaves and trees as well as compost. It can grow anywhere; not least of all – in your home. If you discover you have a mold issue, you should call a mold remediation company as soon as possible.
How to detect mold and where to look for it
Mold can be easy to spot; you can find it not only by sight but by smell. It has a musty odor that is unmistakable. It can form dark spots in humid areas. It appears slimy and may be of various colors (green, black and brown are common). If you find mold in your home – don’t touch it! It can be easily carried to other areas of your home and your mold problem will multiply. You’ll want to contain that space to avoid cross-contamination. If you need help with this a local mold remediation firm can likely advise on a short-term remedy until the full issue is resolved.
Mold can grow in many areas of your home, primarily where there is high moisture and humidity such as:
- Underside of roof sheathing in attic
- Ceilings (particularly if you have a leak)
- In bathrooms (under sinks and around plumbing)
- Basements and crawlspaces
Potential health risks of mold in your home
Mold has been linked to health problems. People who are sensitive to mold can develop allergic reactions including; runny nose, coughing, itchy, watery eyes and skin rashes. Severe reactions (which are rare) include fever, headaches, and difficulty breathing. People with respiratory problems such as asthma, emphysema and COPD as well as people with immune problems can also be sensitive to microbial growth.
While the idea of mold invading your home can be a scary thought – don’t despair – there are some prevention methods. Mold cannot be completely eliminated; however, mold growth can be minimized. Here are some tips:
- Make sure there are no house
leaks, if there are repair them immediately.
- Vulnerable areas are roofs, windows, and foundations
- Dry the leaky area as soon as possible. Mold can grow within 48 – 72 hours
- Keep up with plumbing
- Repair any broken or leaking pipes
- Inspect vulnerable areas regularly: around hot water tanks, well filtration systems, appliances and under sinks
- Use dehumidifiers in humid weather (RH (relative humidity) levels should be between 30 and 45%)
Calling a mold remediation firm
If you find mold in your York, Maine residence, contact a professional. They will be able to detect mold, find the source and eliminate it for good. Find a mold remediation professional, who has more than 10 years’ experience; one who can explain things to you in a way you’ll understand; a courteous professional. Maine residents have been hiring Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration since 1990. They have been in business for over 25 years and have dealt with mold successfully. Get help – callSoil-Away available 24/7 at 1-800-293-6319.
Written by E. Aceves