The number-one cause of mold is excessive moisture. And now that the snow is melting, it’s important to inspect the interior and exterior of your office or home for signs of mold. The word “mold” is used to reference any type of fungus that grows in damp environments. When mold is found in and around a building, it can be toxic and have a serious impact on people, animals, and buildings.
For the safety of your family, friends and employees, the professionals at Certified Asbestos Removal recommend having a mold inspection for these reasons:
Mold releases spores that become airborne and cause severe respiratory problems, such as asthma attacks and lung infections. Allergy symptoms vary in individuals and include:
- eye and throat irritation
- coughing and wheezing
- general skin irritation
Unlike asbestos, mold is a living organism that spreads, which is why it’s imperative to have it removed as quickly as possible. Musty smells and objects that are constantly wet signal moisture and potential mold growth.
Ice dams form on the edge of roofs and prevent water from properly draining. Water will accumulate and begin to leak into the building, affecting the outside as well. Some common signs of infrastructure damage are:
- cracked drywall
- peeling paint
- water staining on ceilings and walls
If your pipes froze over the winter, their thawing in the spring will show microscopic leaking cracks that cause moisture and mold growth. Exposed pipes, particularly in the basement, and exterior water spigots are good places to start in your hunt for mold.
Basements are notorious for their moisture because of the flooding caused by melting snow and heavy spring showers. Other key areas to check for mold growth are:
- windowsill edges
- under sinks
- walls and floors beside the tub or shower
As you investigate other potentially damp areas in your building, look for inconsistencies in wood, carpet, and other areas that appear in a variety of colours, such as black, white, blue, and green. These patches are most likely mold will have a fuzzy texture.
How to Stop Mold Growth
When you’re inside your home or office, check for any of the previously mentioned indicators that point to a moisture problem. There are many mold-resistant products available on the market and DIY methods for mold removal on the internet, but these solutions could worsen your mold situation.
If you want the best results, call in a professional removal service. Mold is not always visible, so schedule an inspection as a preventative measure. Our Calgary team of mold experts has the equipment and training to properly test and remove mold from your building, so contact Certified Asbestos Removal today for your free quote!