When moisture is present, molds can grow on virtually any substance and people are more susceptible to the health effects of microbial growth when it is contained in an indoor environment. Prompt attention to water damage or visible mold can often keep a minor problem from becoming major, and can help guard against health issues and property damage.
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Mold will typically make itself known to you, either visibly or by emitting a musty, "moldy" smell. Mold is not usually visible to the naked eye until it gathers in colonies. Once it is provided with water it grows exponentially, so visible mold always represents a large amount of mold. Mold is usually black or grayish in color and can spread on your ceiling, walls or floor. Sometimes you will smell mold before you see it, particularly if it's in places that are difficult to access, like crawl spaces or attics. If you have had any water damage recently from leaks or flooding, chances are mold will be accumulating. If you see or smell mold in your home, or have had recent water damage, call a mold remediation Greenville SC specialist as soon as possible.
If you need mold removed from your home, you should call a professional. Unless the source of the underlying water issue is corrected, the mold will simply grow back after you clean it. Additionally, mold removal requires special equipment and materials, and the knowledge of how to use them. Attempting to remove mold without the proper materials and training can be hazardous and only exacerbate the mold problem. Simply killing mold with biocide is not enough, as even dead mold can cause allergic reactions. The mold must be completely removed, along with any compromised material. If you need mold removed from your home, let the professionals at Steamatic handle it.
If you suspect that your home or business has mold, you should always call a professional. Steamatic will do a full inspection, using specialized tools to test for mold. There are over a hundred thousand species of mold, and testing can determine which type of mold is infesting your property. However, any type of mold in abundance is dangerous, so knowing the species is not particularly helpful. All mold should be eliminated. After the initial testing and inspection, Steamatic will begin the process of mold remediation, leaving your home or business clean, safe, and mold-free.
Mold cannot grow in the absence of moisture, so the best thing you can do to prevent it is to control the moisture in your home. The first step is to identify the areas of your home that are damp or already have mold, for example a basement that floods or a water stain on the ceiling. It is crucial that you dry any wet areas immediately. If you have flooding or a leaky pipe, fix the underlying issue and soak up the water as soon as possible. If you spill liquid on your carpet, be sure to completely dry it within 24-48 hours. Drying the walls and floor after taking a shower can also help mitigate the growth of mold in your bathroom. Proper ventilation throughout your home will also help fight mold-growth.
Mold testing is typically done if you need to identify the species of mold, to determine indoor air quality (the amount of mold spores in the air), or to be sure that the mold is completely gone after removal. If your home needs mold testing, there are three different methods: air testing, surface testing, and bulk testing. Air testing takes samples from the air in your home, which can be useful if you cannot find the physical location of the mold. Surface tests take samples from your home's surfaces by swabbing or tape-lifting. Bulk testing involves collecting various items and materials from a home, to give a more comprehensive analysis of the mold problem. Mold testing can be useful and necessary in some cases. However, a mold inspection is typically enough to identify if and where your home has mold.