Jonesboro Mold Remediation Services
What Causes Mold in a House?
You’re walking down your hallway when suddenly you notice something strange- there appears to be mold growing out of one of the air ducts in the ceiling. No doubt you have a lot of questions like “How did it get there?” “Is it harmful?” and “How do I get rid of it?” If you’ve ever dealt with mold before, you know that the answer isn’t always simple. In cases where the mold has affected large spaces, you should consider hiring a professional mold remediation company to help get your house back into a clean, livable condition.
Mold can be caused by a number of factors, many of which are preventable! Some of the most common causes of mold are:
- Poor ventilation - If a room stays consistently moist or humid, there’s a greater likelihood that mold could grow in that area.
- Leaking pipes - If there is a pipe leak behind the walls in your home, moisture will accumulate in an area where it’s difficult for it to dry out again. This can result in mold growth behind the walls.
- Poorly maintained roofing - If there is a leak in your roof or the roofing materials are beginning to age and need to be replaced, it’s possible for water to get into the rafters of your house (and sometimes in the attic) and for mold to grow there.
- Flooding - Unfortunately, if you have experienced any flooding in your home, there is a strong likelihood that you could also be facing a mold issue.
- Leaky air conditioning - If your AC unit has a leak it will likely begin to accumulate moisture or drip water somewhere in the vents or near the air ducts, this can result in mold growth as well.
Can Mold From Water Damage Make You Sick?
Mold from water damage tends to be the type of mold you really don’t want to discover–black mold. Black mold has been linked to a variety of symptoms, especially respiratory symptoms. If you or someone in your home has asthma or is immunocompromised, you’ll want to deal with it as soon as possible. Even if you are in perfect health, there have been reports of symptoms such as:
Allergy and irritation
Shortness of breath
Even more symptoms such as memory loss or mood changes have been reported, but the jury is still out about how connected these are.
How Does Mold Remediation Work?
Our team of professionals have been trained in proper mold removal techniques and are equipped to handle any situation you may come across. Our team works to identify, remove, and properly clean and restore any surfaces that have been affected by the mold infestation.
Mold is not only unsightly, but it can also pose some serious health risks for those living in your home. Black mold is known to act as an allergen for many people, resulting in conditions including nose, skin, or eye irritation, and even asthma attacks. In cases where the mold growth is severe or a family member is particularly sensitive to the effects of the mold spores, the safest option is to hire a professional to remediate the mold for you. We can also help you identify the cause of the mold issue so that you can take steps to prevent the same thing from happening again.
When Is Mold Remediation Required?
Mold is one of the most common and annoying problems in many homes. In addition to causing problems to the appearance of the house and damaging surfaces, mold can affect health in many ways. Some people may experience nasal congestion, sore throat, coughing or wheezing, burning eyes, or rashes. People with asthma or who are allergic to mold may have severe reactions. For that reason, mold remediation is always necessary.
Mold grows in damp places, such as around leaks in roofs, windows or pipes, or in places that have been flooded. Mold can also grow on dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, and even carpets. If the mold problem is not remediated, mold will continue to spread and become a bigger problem. Therefore, fixing the mold problem in your home should always be a priority. Professional help will be necessary, especially if:
There are sensitive people or people with health problems living at home. If someone with asthma, respiratory problems, children, or elderly people lives in your home, mold removal is an urgent task to avoid health problems.
Mold covers an area of more than 10 square feet. In this case, you may consider that you have a considerable mold problem, so remediating it yourself will be a complicated task.
You have attempted to eradicate the mold yourself and have failed. In this case, your mold problem may be serious, so you should call in professionals to identify the cause of the problem and use the necessary products and equipment to eradicate the problem.
Unpleasant odors. Sometimes mold is not visible, but you may be noticing a foul smell in your home. If you haven't been able to find where the mold is, it's ideal to have a team of professionals come out to identify the problem.
You are planning to sell your house. Selling a property with mold problems will not only make you less likely to sell it, but you will also have to lower the price. Even if the mold problem is small, we recommend having professional help to get your home looking like the first day.
ServiceMaster's professional team has been remediating mold problems near you for years. Once the root of the problem is found, and action is taken to make the mold disappear, your home will return to the way it was before, and you'll have peace of mind knowing that your home is a safe environment.
How to Prevent House Mold Issues
Most of the above-mentioned situations are preventable with proper care and maintenance of your home. Here are some quick tips to help you prevent mold growth in your house:
- Keep an eye on the humidity levels in your home; anything higher than 50% poses a mold growth risk. If you struggle with keeping the humidity regulated you may want to invest in a dehumidifier or an AC unit.
- Ensure that your bathroom has a fan or vent to help usher damp warm air outside when people take showers or baths. Mold growth is particularly common in bathrooms for this very reason.
- If you experience any flooding, take steps to clean and dry the area as quickly as possible. Mold growth can occur in as few as 24 hours.
- If you suspect that any furniture or floor treatments have become wet and will not dry out in time, remove them from the home to prevent potential mold growth.
- If you do notice a small amount of mold developing in an area that is easy to get to, treat the area immediately with bleach. The sooner mold is dealt with the less likely it is to get out of hand.
When you contact our team and arrange for our Jonesboro mold removal services, you can rest assured that your home will be safe for you and your family to return to.