When the weather is dry, mold is usually only a nuisance for those who suffer from allergies. But when mold spores find a wet or damp spot to grow inside a home, office, or facility, it can become a considerable problem. All it takes is a crack in the roof, outside wall, or foundation to create the right conditions for mold to grow.
Why Mold Grows Inside Buildings
A damp or wet area allows mold spores to settle, but what makes the mold spores grow is the organic materials they use as food. Many structures contain organic materials, such as drywall, paneling, carpeting, and more, that provide the fuel for mold to rapidly expand. Mold has difficulty growing outdoors because of the sun and wind, which reduce the humidity and prevent it from collecting in one space.
How Mold Affects You
While dry mold spores that float around outside may cause some mild allergic reactions in people, the massive number of spores generated by mold that is growing inside a building may cause more serious respiratory issues. From asthma attacks to irritations of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs, and to exposure to toxic mold in rare cases, mold that invades your home or business can become a serious issue quickly.
However, as bad as how it affects those who live or work inside, the mold itself continues to consume organic materials found in sheetrock, carpet, and wood, which may compromise the structure. This means that in addition to repairing any flood damage, you may pay far more to have the mold removed before it causes serious damage. In some cases, the infestation of mold is so great that it condemns buildings.
What to Do in Case of a Flood
If your home, office, or facility was flooded, the first step once the waters recede to ensure that everything is safe is to dry out the home as quickly as possible. By acting in the first 24 to 48 hours after the floodwaters go down, you may prevent mold from taking hold. However, it is best to call a professional service that has the knowledge, experience, and tools to detect and remove mold.
How Brickley Environmental can Help
If your residence, office, or facility has undergone flooding or you suspect that mold might be forming inside, then call the professionals at Brickley Environmental. We have the trained technicians to inspect, identify, and remove the mold from your building. With years of experience, Brickley Environmental offers the expertise that you need to properly identify and remove the mold from residential and commercial buildings.