This article is the first in our new “Need to Know” series. Stay tuned for more articles explaining the basics of environmental dangers and remediation throughout the coming months!
Of all the threats to your home or office, mold is one of the most underestimated organisms on the planet. Every year, mold causes millions of dollars in damage to residences and buildings, affecting both the building’s structure and the health of those living or working inside. Left unchecked, mold can spread quickly through any building, and in certain cases may cause the property to be condemned.
Mold can appear quickly after a flood or build up slowly over the years as leaks and condensation raise the humidity levels to the point where the organism can thrive.
How Mold Affects You & Your Home or Office
While mold can grow on most surfaces, it thrives on consuming organic materials such as wood. Once it is attached, the organic materials are broken down and the structure becomes weaker and degrades over time. As the mold spreads, it can continues to attach itself to other organic materials thanks to the spores that it releases. In contrast, on smooth, non-organic surfaces such as tile or metal, mold can be easily wiped away.
The potential health effects of mold exposure include allergic reactions and irritation of respiratory issues, which especially affects those with asthma. This is caused by the spores which are released by the millions daily when mold is present. It is true that only in rare cases does mold cause serious health issues. However, for the health and wellbeing of those living or working inside, the removal of mold provides welcome relief.
Although mold can be difficult to remove once it takes hold, controlling its growth is relatively straightforward. Mold thrives on moisture, so lowering the humidity levels and removing sources of water can stop mold growing. Mold on surfaces can also be removed through a combination of detergent and water, followed by drying the surface to prevent it from re-growing.
To prevent mold from returning, all areas should be properly ventilated to keep humidity levels low. Exhaust fans in kitchen areas, the elimination of water leaks and condensation, and the use of air conditioners along with de-humidifiers can go a long way towards keeping mold from returning.
For full removal, you’ll need the services of a licensed, insured, and experienced mold removal company.
How Brickley Environmental Works for You
At Brickley Environmental, we provide the proper removal of mold so that your residence or commercial building is clean once again. Our team of highly trained technicians have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to remove the mold quickly and safely so that you can move back in right away.
We ask you to call our friendly, courteous staff so they can explain our services, answer all your questions, and provide you with a free quote for our services. We’ll send a representative to your location to make a proper evaluation.