How NOT To Handle Mold

Water damage that goes unnoticed or ignored has a high risk of creating mold growth within the home. The severity will vary depending on how long, how bad the original damage is, and many other factors. There are plenty of do’s and don’ts that come with mold. Here are just a few of the don’ts.

Don’t ignore inspections. They will help you spot leaks, cracks, holes, and other areas of concern. Inspections aren’t just for mold either, they’re great for just about anything. You may find something else wrong with the home that you may not have noticed if you hadn’t checked out the area. And don’t assume mold isn’t present just because you can’t see it. Mold tends to find its way into areas of the home that don’t have the easiest access. Crawlspaces are almost prone to mold growth, but honestly, how often do you go down there? Most of us don’t because it’s dark, damp, and difficult to navigate. Leave it to the pros!

Don’t make the mistake of assuming that just because an area is dry, it’s safe from mold growth. This is completely false. Yes, mold needs humid, moisture filled, dark areas to thrive, but that doesn’t mean it just disappears if those conditions aren’t at hand. The mold just becomes dormant until these requirements are met. Inactive mold still has the ability to cause health concerns and undesirable scent throughout.

Speaking of health concerns and obnoxious odors, don’t ignore them! If you’re receiving any of these signs, make sure to check for mold. Health risks can get pretty bad but usually relate to allergies: sneezing, coughing, wheezing, itchy eyes, etc. The scent is a little more obvious. If you’ve ever had the displeasure of the scent of mold, you know what I’m talking about. You’ll recognize it every time, very strong and musty.

Don’t use bleach to destroy the mold. There’s a reason it’s not on the list of ‘things to do with this product’ on the label. It’s not EPA recommended. The only thing you’re going to accomplish with bleaching is turning it white. You’re not doing anything to stop the growth with this method.

Mold growth is something that should almost always be handled by the experienced mold damage restoration professionals. They will be able to eliminate the mold without hassle and restore your home to its mold-free state!

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