mold inspection guide

Will Mold Make Me Sick? When To Treat Mold Issues

 

Mold manifests itself in many forms. The slimy, sticky, fuzzy patches are prone to developing in bathroom drains, on shower curtains, and in the damp basement. The truth is, most homes in America have mold hiding somewhere out of sight and mind. The lurking nightmare of mold haunts many homeowners’ dreams at night, and for good reason. Mold is known to cause various illnesses and diseases, and the longer it is left to grow without proper mold remediation, the more hazardous it becomes.

Why Does Mold Make People Sick?

Most varieties of mold are relatively harmless in small amounts. Every home has some small amount of mold spores in it; there’s no way to remove all mold spores from the air. 

Mold causes illness in most cases by triggering an allergic reaction in people. When mold presence reaches higher levels in a home, the air becomes unhealthy to breathe. Most mold-related illnesses are respiratory, including asthma, allergies, and respiratory tract infections. Children and immuno-suppressed individuals are more likely to suffer coughing, breathing difficulty, running noses, and skin and eye irritation. 

Very seldom does mold cause death. Certain types of mold are toxigenic and produce myotoxins hazardous with exposure, including the dreaded “black mold,” Stachybotrys chartarum, and its cousins, like the Cladosporium and Penicillium varieties. But keep in mind that most molds are not toxic. 

How To Know If Mold Is a Problem In the Home

Mold problems may not be visible, but you can almost always locate them by smell. You will either see a mold infestation or smell the characteristic musty, damp scent that mold colonies produce. Additionally, if a home struggles with humidity, if a bathroom sink is constantly leaking, if there are high levels of dust and dirt in the area, and a home smells muggy and musty, there may be a mold problem. 

Some people choose to use store-bought mold tests to find out if mold is in their home. The trouble is, these tests do not locate the mold, identify the type of mold, and they react to even regular levels of mold in a home. They produce many false positives and should not be your only source of confirmation for a mold problem. It is better to schedule a professional mold inspection to verify mold’s presence in a home. 

What To Do When Mold Is Found or Suspected

If you found mold growing in your home or suspect a colony is hidden somewhere inside it, immediately contact a mold remediation service like HS Restoration. Our job is to locate the mold and its cause, identify any risks associated with it, and take appropriate action to remove any infestations. 

Any mold infestation larger than 10 square feet needs a professional mold remediation service with proper HEPA filters, specialized vacuums, and other essential tools to handle it. Mold grows back if it’s improperly removed, and without proper removal, the health hazards of mold will continue to plague the home. 

Whenever you fear a mold problem, give the experts at HS Restoration a call (609) 534-5874. Our staff is ready to help you 24/7 and prioritizes your peace of mind and safety. We will take care of your home’s restoration needs quickly and get your home back in shape in no time.