Mold is found both indoors and outdoors. Mold can enter your home or office through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold in the air outside can also attach itself to clothing, shoes, bags, and pets can and be carried indoors.
Indoors, mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as areas around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.
Mold growth, which often looks like spots, can be many different colors, and can smell musty. If you can see or smell mold, a health risk may be present. You do not need to know the type of mold growing in your home, and the Center for Disease Control does not recommend or perform routine sampling for molds. No matter what type of mold is present, you should remove it. Since the effect of mold on people can vary greatly, either because of the amount or type of mold, you can not rely on sampling and culturing to know your health risk. The best practice is to remove the mold and work to prevent future growth.
Finding the source of the moisture that helps mold grow is important in defending against mold damage and potential health risks.
Water damage on a wall or ceiling is a good indication that there may be mold growth on or behind drywall. As a result of excess moisture in bathrooms, mold is commonly formed around and behind sinks, toilets and showers. In kitchens and laundry rooms, slow leaks behind sinks, refrigerators and washing machines may cause excess water, creating a breeding ground for mold. Mold growth may be found near leaky water heaters and other HVAC equipment. When near HVAC equipment, the problem may increase. The HVAC unit can spread spores through the rest of the home or office through the ventilation system.
Determining the source and having a professional fix the leak source is important to reduce possible re-growth around your home or business. Plumbers and roofers have the proper skills to make sure the issues are resolved correctly.
Some people have the misconception that mold can just be scrubbed away, but the spores spread when attacked and if a proper containment area is not set up properly, it could lead to a larger and more costly project than expected.
Once the issue that caused the mold is resolved, it's time for Mold Removal Owings Mills to come in and remediate the mold in your home or business. Our experienced, highly- trained, certified technicians follow the IICRC S520 Remediation standards. We build a sealed containment barrier and negative air pressure to remove it without spreading the spores in the inhabited areas.
It doesn't matter if the mold is in your business or home walls, bathrooms, shower area, basement, kitchen, crawl space or attic; it's still mold and should be taken care of properly. Mold Removal Owings Mills is a professional restoration and remediation company that are experts in the mold removal industry.