Mold is everywhere and harmless in small doses, but it should never be in your home unless it’s in the form of an antibiotic. Some antibiotics, like penicillin, are comprised of mold and can actually save lives. However, if you are concerned about mold in your Baltimore-area home, it could be a serious health risk to your family. Here are some pointers for spotting mold, preventing it from spreading, and what to do if you find it.
Mold strains vary, so the color of mold can vary too. Often times it appears as black or green spots, white fuzzy patches, or an orange film. Molds can grow almost anywhere, including your walls, the floor, appliances, carpet, or even on your furniture. Since it thrives on moisture, the most common places you’d be able to spot mold are in the bathrooms, kitchens, basements, laundry rooms, and the crawl spaces or roofs. But you can’t always see mold, especially if it’s growing behind your walls. In extreme cases of mold, you might even be able to see mold spores in the air. Mold sickness occurs when you breathe in mold spores. This can be extremely dangerous to you and even your pets so if you smell an earthy or musty smell, you should consider having an inspection done by a mold inspector. Call us for a recommendation!
Preventing Mold Spread:
Since mold grows in damp areas, be sure to keep an eye out for hidden leaks and correct the visible ones before it creates a problem. Always keep your air conditioner clean! Window units often create and trap moisture which can cause mold to grow. This can be dangerous as your air conditioner could be dispersing mold spores into the air. Replacing your filters are the best way to help prevent mold from growing and keep the spores from being circulated into the air. You should always practice good ventilation in heat-prone rooms. Using a dehumidifier in damp areas is and easy and effective way to prevent mold from growing or spreading.
Since there are so many different kinds of mold and some can be extremely dangerous, we already recommend that you call a professional like ServiceMaster of Baltimore if you notice signs of it in your home. Our technicians are certified to do this type of clean up and will make sure that all of it is removed so that your home is restored to its original condition.
Talk to one of our experts to see how we can test to see if there is mold in your home, help remove it, and assist you in preventing mold growth in the future.