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Warning Signs that you may have Mold
Nothing worries a homeowner more than mentioning the word "mold." Not only can it cause damage to your home and make it hard to sell, it also can be a health hazard to you and your family. Here are three warning signs of this insidious fungus that you don't want to ignore:
1) Water spots
Any wet spot in your home can be a potential sign of fungus growth. This can include water spots on your ceilings or walls, or on floors in your basement or crawlspace. If you find evidence of water spots, you need to find the potential moisture source and get it taken care of promptly. Using a highly-recommended remediation company like SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is the best option.
If you find a spot on a wall or floor that's discolored, it is a potential sign of mold. Discoloration that is green or black is a definite warning sign of fungus growth. However, any discoloration can mean growth is present, even if it isn't of the tell-tale colors.
3) Bad smell
If you have fungus growth in your home, it can cause a bad smell. Depending on the type of growth and how much of it you have, you could have a very strong smell or one that is faint. It can smell musty or earthy, or it can produce a smell that is more pungent. Any bad smell needs to be investigated.
Mold can be harmful and is not something to be ignored. If you experience any of these warning signs, call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County to investigate. Our staff receives extensive training on how to effectively deal with mold infestations. We also have the equipment and start of the art techniques to carry out mold remediation and keep your home safe and clean.
Are you prepared to handle Mold in your Saratoga home?
Part of having your own home is maintaining it and keeping it a safe place to live. We often discuss preventing fires and leaks, but preventing and checking mold is just as important. Mold can continue to grow and become a serious health problem.
Firstly, it is important to do what you can to prevent mold. Try a structure guard that can help protect surfaces with a sealant. This prevents mold and mildew growth. However, no matter what preventative measures you take, it is still necessary to stay on the lookout and test for mold continually
If you find what appears to be mold in your home, try conducting an at home mold test. Here are the best ones for 2016. If you don't want to conduct a test yourself, you can always contact a mold specialist to perform a professional test. Once completed, it's the results that matter.
What happens if you find mold? Here are our remediation steps to help you.
- Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County - 518-885-2620
- Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
- Mold Containment
- Air Filtration
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
- Cleaning Contents and Belongings
Does it matter what color mold I have?
One of the first things people always say when they call in with mold questions is that they have black mold...
A common misconception states that color determines the mold hazard in your building. For some reason, black mold has received a bad rap, and many people mistakenly believe they have nothing to worry about with other colors.
Mold spores that can grow into a variety of colors are always present in the air we breathe. They usually do not present a hazard because they are so few in number. Most molds and other microbes only become a hazard when they have an opportunity to grow into colonies releasing large numbers of spores into the air.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes that mold can cause health effects.
When mold grows to the point that you can see or smell it in your building, you need to call in a mold remediation specialist. Here at SERVPRO® of Southern Saratoga County our franchise professionals are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification for microbial remediation.
We can contain the contamination, remove contaminated materials, and scrub the air of mold spores and other particulates. We can also advise you on steps you should take to control moisture and discourage future microbial growth.
Next Steps After Finding Mold In your Home
Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at 518-885-2620 for Mold Remediation today
An intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing, or equipment failures, long-standing leaks or poor humidity control. When these intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County (518)885-2620