Mold can be a precarious threat to your home or business and its inhabitants. Known health risks associated with exposure to common its spores are respiratory irritation and infections. The others are skin or eye reactions, and neurological issues such as migraines, listlessness, and memory or attention problems. People with pre-existing conditions like asthma, COPD, and allergies are more prone to mold-related health issues but anyone can suffer after being exposed to its spores. Of course, except for human health risks, it can rot and destroy physical structures in a home by eating away at the wooden material found in flooring and framing.
Detecting and Wipe Out Mold
Detecting and Wipe Out Mold is paramount to the health of those occupying a space, including pets. Most structures have some type of crawlspace where access to pipes, ducts, flooring, and electrical is located. Most crawlspaces are poorly ventilated and are prone to moisture buildup. Dirt floors, wooden sub-flooring or wall framing and fiberglass insulation are common places for it to grow, as these materials provide a food source to its colony. Moisture can easily get into a crawlspace by coming inside from outside gutters and storm window wells, or leaky interior plumbing and air conditioning systems. In areas where have moisture, there will inevitably be mold.
The most common noticeable sign that you may have mold is a pungent or musty odor, which many people associate with crawlspaces and basements in general. If you detect discoloration or fuzziness at the ceiling, that is the mold. A crawlspace provides access to many areas of the rest of the building through ventilation networks and cracks in the sub-flooring, and any it’s spores that are disturbed can easily travel to another location- making the problem worse. For this reason, home mold tests are essential.
Call The Professionals
After the mold is confirmed in a crawlspace, proper steps must be taken to insure that it is not going to reappear. A professional mold removal team like IBX Services will properly seal the space to ensure that spores do not make their way into another location. Another thing to do to stop its growth is to locate and remedy any sources of moisture in the crawlspace. Our team will help that wood and dirt surfaces to be properly cleaned with antifungal agents, as well as dried and sealed to ensure the longevity of the restoration work. Don’t think twice to call us at (416) 252-5959.