Why Mold is Bad for Your Establishment and Health

Many homeowners in Fairfield County who have suffered water damage become overwhelmed with the restoration process, and so they just do the bare minimum (dry out the water). However, what most people do not know is that even after water has been dried, if there is any moisture present at all, mold can still be found. If it is unseen, it can be years before mold problems are ever remediated. So, why is it such a big deal? The team at Fairfield County Disaster Restoration know that mold can pose a serious threat to our homes and more seriously, our health.

Characteristics of Mold

Mold is a fungus that grows and spreads through the production of spores. Mold spores are tiny particles that travel through the air and can survive harsh conditions that do not support the growth of mold. Because spores are so resilient and can be found virtually anywhere, if the right conditions present themselves in our homes (like a leaky or burst pipe, or any type of water damage), mold will most likely begin to grow. Porous materials, such as paper products, cardboard, drywall, wood, insulation, and upholstery are all great hosts to mold growth. When mold begins to grow on these types of materials, it can weaken the structure, and, in turn, the integrity of your home. If mold can destroy these types of materials, imagine what it can do to our bodies and health.

Dangers of Mold

Allergens and myotoxins are produced by mold, and for people with asthma or any other respiratory diseases, these can be extremely harmful. People who are sensitive to allergies will often have increased symptoms if mold is present. Mold exposure can cause many symptoms including irritation to eyes, nose, lungs, throat, and skin, and can cause many respiratory problems including asthma, respiratory infections, sneezing, wheezing, and coughing. Certain types of mold can cause serious lung infections and scarring, which can make breathing become difficult. For individuals who are chronically sick, or who have weakened immune systems, mold can pose serious health threats.

Mold Removal

Mold is not something that should be ignored, or moved down on the list of things to take care of. Moisture is all around us, and so are mold spores, so it is no surprise that mold can grow anywhere and at any time. The best way to prevent mold growth is to get water damage cleaned up as quickly as possible by a professional team.  If your home has ever sustained water damage at any time, you should assume there is mold. If you had a restoration team handle your water damage cleanup, you can rest assured that they took care of mold remediation, but if you tried to DIY your water damage restoration, you need to have trained professionals check for mold. Fairfield County Disaster Restoration specializes in water damage restoration and mold removal. We are available 24 hours a day to respond to your water damage emergency as quickly as possible. If your water damage was sustained in the past and you suspect mold growth, we can identify the source, contain the mold to the contaminated area to prevent spreading, remove the mold and spores, and repair any damaged building materials. Do not hesitate to call because mold growth is serious, and needs to be taken care of correctly and efficiently. Let Fairfield County Disaster Restoration make and keep your home mold free.

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