Mold is a fungus that can be found both indoors and outdoors. It grows in damp, dimly lit areas, and is very common if you experience a leak in your roof, windows, pipes, or have any type of flooding. Mold can often be detected by an unpleasant odor, visibility, or even through the experience of respiratory symptoms.
The unpleasant odor caused by mold occurs when it releases compounds while growing and spreading. Mold smell is described as damp, stale, and musty. Another major indication of mold in your home is visible signs. You may notice black spores on your walls, flooring, around air vents, on appliances and furniture, and even as far as clothing and fabric. Small mold patches can spread, and visible mold can sometimes be an indication that there is much larger problem hidden away, such as a slow leak, out of view.
If you’re constantly fighting a cold, or flu like symptoms that is another signal that mold may be somewhere among your home. Mold spores are airborne, breathing them in can cause breathing difficulties or prompt asthma. You should also be aware, that mold triggers allergies, and cause allergic reactions such as sneezing, runny nose, swollen eyes, or nasal congestion, and you can also suffer from toxic mold which can cause neurological symptoms such as headaches, memory loss and dizziness.
If you think you may have mold in your home or you have found mold in your home, it may be best to act quickly in the removal process. As stated, mold can be hazardous and detrimental to your health. The remediation process is very technical and requires detailed attention, be sure to call a professional firm, such as United Water Restoration Group of Charlotte.
Check credentials and ensure that any company you call is rated well on Google, Angies List, Home Advisor, BBB, etc. Read the reviews. Also check that the company is an IICRC certified firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification is the governing body for water, fire and mold restoration and certifies companies to do this work.
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