Why You Need to Hire Professionals to Handle Mold and Mildew Removal

Mold may be visible on some surfaces, but if you have moisture in your walls, on floors, in the ceiling, or under carpeting, it is very likely that there will be more mold under and behind those areas. If you have plumbing problems that create moisture in and on your kitchen or bathroom cabinets, you may have mold growth in more places. Extensive mold and mildew damage are almost inevitable in the aftermath of floods or other catastrophes.

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Why is Mold Growing in My Home or Business?

Because mildew and mold thrive on moisture, there are certain areas of homes and/or businesses that are naturally prone to mold and mildew development. Bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and laundry rooms are naturally moist areas in a home. Mold can also grow on the roof (under the shingles and in the insulation,) in the walls or ceiling, or in areas where there are cracks in the foundation. It is also common to find mold in unseen places in homes or businesses if you have a slow leak in a pipe that is undetected for a while, or if a pipe bursts, or if your home or business incurred water damage because of a flood.

Health Risks Associated With Mold Exposure

An allergy to mold is about as common as hay fever and other common environmental allergies. That’s because mold produces allergens, the substances in mold that provoke allergic reactions in people. People who suffer from asthma are far more likely to have severe and potentially life-threatening reactions to mold exposure. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) explains that some kinds of mold, such as black mold produce very dangerous mycotoxins. Exposure to these can cause eye, nose and lung irritations. Prolonged exposure to mold may even provoke allergic reactions in people who dont have mold allergies.

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