Tidy homes take work. You need to scrub the toilets every week– not just before you have guests. It is not enough to wash the laundry, you also need to fold and put away the clothes. Bedrooms should be vacuumed at least once a week (and twice a week during allergy season.)
Unfortunately, even the most conscientious housekeeper may miss the signs and then discover mold lurking in unexpected places. Since the spores are airborne and microscopic in size, it’s impossible to control every bit of potential mold. But you can control the moisture and humidity in the home, which keeps mold growth in check.
In addition to fixing every leak and eliminating any excess water in your home, you can also be proactive about identifying areas where mold might grow. Since fungus feeds on moisture, water damage often leads to mold problems. Alternatively, mold problems can lead to health issues or even structural issues with your home.
That damp, musty, rotten smell is a sure sign that mold is growing earby. The distinctive odor could be caused by “mold volatile organic compounds” (MVOCs), or chemicals released during the mold life cycle. So that musty odor you are smelling is not “just” mold but is a result of the chemical compounds released at different stages of the mold’s growth. So the smell always means an active, growing mold problem.
Suspicious spots on clothes, towels, bathmats, and dog bedding can be a result of airborne spores landing on damp cloth. If that textile has a food source (dander, dirt, skin cells, food particles, etc.) mold can start growing right on the fabric fibers.
Carpeted areas and rugs create a perfect breeding ground; they catch the dirt and debris of people and pets. Observe any spots, odors and stains on the carpet. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, examine both sides of the carpet and padding. The padding acts like a sponge after a spill, keeping the carpet damp for days. Then, with any food source on the carpet fibers, mold can quickly flourish.
Warped walls or gaps in the baseboards indicates that significant moisture has degraded the building materials. You should expect to see trouble hidden in the wall cavities nearby.
The health effects of inhaling mold spores and mVOCs have been linked to symptoms such as headaches, nasal irritation, dizziness, fatigue, and nausea. If someone in you household has a persistent cough, a lingering cold, or unexplained headaches, have All Clear Services come do an inspection.
Did the home have a problem with water in the past? Unfortunately, the landlord or the previous owner could have covered up an old problem with some new paint. If the water was not extracted efficiently and properly, there is likely resulting mold growth, even years later. So look for suspicious color changes on the walls or uneven ceiling texture as a clue that the area was covered up, not corrected.
Mold removal is complex, which is why experts will use advanced and proven mold remediation methods. Trained and certified technicians keep up to date with the latest techniques and protocols to effectively solve your problem. Certified technicians will identify the mold problem, test if needed, and present the best solutions. With All Clear Services’ access to industry ”best practices” techniques and effective fungicides, they have both the solutions and equipment to stop mold growth at its source.
If you find evidence of mold growth in your home, or if you just suspect it, call the mold damage cleanup experts at All Clear Services today. Qualified technicians will come to your Coffeyville residence and suit up in PPE. They will properly identify issues involving mold damage and professionally remediate them right away, giving you the “All Clear.”
Since 1983, All Clear has been a premier carpet cleaning in the region and now provides certified mold inspections and even mold remediation. If you’ve had water damage in your home, hire a team that can handle your project from start to finish- including cleanup and mold damage.