As the change of seasons takes place in the fall, a change to cooler, wetter weather can contribute to the growth of mold. The ability of warm sunshine to keep mold in check diminishes when cooler, damper days take hold. Now is a great time to share tips for preventing mold growth in the months ahead. Take the time to educate others on identifying mold and controlling both moisture and water issues that could lead to mold growth.
These are common places where excess moisture may encourage mold growth:
- Roofs – Check for water leaks in the roof or water overflow down exterior or interior walls
- Basements – Check for dampness and for moisture in crawl spaces
- Bathrooms – Look under sinks, around tubs and shower stalls, on window sills
- Standing water – Look around the property and especially near buildings
Mold can no doubt be a recurring problem, but it’s usually quite easy to see and smell. Its slightly musty odor is often an early alert before it’s visible. Building up over time in damp, dark areas, mold can come in several different forms — from fuzzy to discolored to downright slimy.
Keep in mind that mold spores are just about everywhere. They are a normal, everyday part of our environment. The problem is when mold is allowed to accumulate to excess, causing allergic reactions, asthma attacks, sinus problems, and even fungal infections. Mold should never be allowed to linger. Mold tends to eat away at the surfaces it grows on, which can cause extensive damage to ventilation systems, drywall, and furnishings. In a worst-case scenario, mold can cause damage to building foundations so severe that the dwelling becomes uninhabitable.
Paul Davis’ skilled technicians are able to locate and remediate homes and commercial buildings to eliminate mold problems that have occurred, as well as advise customers on preventative measures that help protect against future mold occurrence. More information is available at http://pauldavis.com/mold-remediation-services/