One of the major factors to consider in indoor air quality is the presence of mold. There are a number of potential health risks associated with mold exposure, including asthma and allergies as well as more serious concerns. Mold cannot be completely wiped out – there will always be some mold spores present. The problem comes when the mold finds an environment in which it can grow.
Anytime there is excess water, whether from flooding, a burst pipe or other plumbing issues, or any other cause, the homeowner should act quickly. If the water has not penetrated beyond the surface, it may be possible to sufficiently dry the area yourself. However, if you have any doubt about lingering moisture that you cannot clean up yourself (like water that has penetrated carpets, or soaked into wood), it may be safer to hire professional water damage cleaners. Austin based cleaning and restoration company, The Steam Team (http://www.thesteamteam.com), explains that higher levels of moisture in the air can cause damage to absorbent surfaces even in unaffected areas of the home. Mold and mildew can grow on books, papers, walls, ceiling tiles and other surfaces and compromise the air quality as well as damaging your property, so it is important to act quickly.
If mold and mildew begin to spread, especially in hidden areas, it can be much more difficult to combat later.
Flood damage, moist areas, plumbing leaks, or improper ventilation are all possible causes of mold growth, and any of these warrant careful inspection of all surrounding areas. Mold can affect walls, wood, ceilings, air ducts, clothing, furniture, carpets, books, papers, and many others. Simply painting over the surface will not necessarily prevent further mold. Mold can continue to grow under the paint if it is not properly cleaned.
We’ll continue our next indoor air quality post with alternative cleaning supplies …
Written by Trish A.