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4 Things You Need to Know About Mold Damage

6/17/2014 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 4 Things You Need to Know About Mold Damage SERVPRO of South Austin performing mold cleanup and restoration services

The fact that mold is unpleasant and can have a musty stench isn’t the only reason to be wary when water intrudes into your home or business. Growth occurs because of storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long standing leaks and poor humidity control. There’s a natural amount of mold spores normally present in most environments, but if the moisture level in a water-damaged environment isn’t promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Why should all of this matter to you? Excessive mold growth can lead to harmful indoor environmental conditions and actually pose a health threat; so learning as much about mold as you can is your best defense.

Take Precautions

SERVPRO of South Austin professionals handle water damage every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained recent water damage, it’s vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly, as well as be on alert for the following:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • Strong musty odors
  • Evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth
  • Excessive humidity
  • Health Concerns

    Organic materials found inside buildings, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation provide food sources for mold to flourish and that’s when health concerns arise. Concerns are more likely to increase for “at risk” people, which might include immune, suppressed or compromised individuals, young children and individuals with chronic inflammatory lung diseases such as asthma and severe allergies. However, anyone may experience health problems associated with exposure to mold in damp buildings. Possible health effects: runny nose, sneezing, coughing, aggravation of asthma, sore throat or inflammation of the sinuses. 

    People Most at Risk:

  • Infants and children
  • Pregnant women
  • Elderly
  • People with compromised respiratory systems or asthma and allergies
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • Help is here

    If you think you have a mold problem, call 512-301-7765. Our SERVPRO office is trained and licensed in mold remediation and will examine your structure for any visible signs of mold. In the event that mold is found, you will be asked to approve and sign a work authorization form prior to any mold clean up or related work being performed. The technician may also recommend you leave the affected area where the mold cleanup and associated contained processed is being safely completed. 

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