When water damage occurs in your home, the growth of bacteria and mold can begin to occur within just 24 hours. The most obvious signs might be a moldy odor accompanied by greenish or black spots on drywall.
Any time your home is subjected to water damage resulting from a storm or a broken pipe, you may suspect mold has begun to develop in hidden areas that have retained moisture. Fire damage may also cause mold growth if water was used in your home to put out the fire.
If you believe that mold is becoming a threat in your home because of any of these situations, you should call a mold remediation service promptly. As the homeowner, you could have some difficulty recognizing the signs mold has become a problem in your home, since mold spores can hide behind walls, in damp corners, or other areas where excess moisture exists.
A mold inspection contractor will begin by checking the areas in your home where mold is commonly found. Following up with an air quality test will help to identify the presence of any mold spores in your home even when other evidence is not apparent.
What Types of Mold Can Be in Homes and What Can Be Done?
The most common mold types found in at-risk homes include Penicillium, Cladosporium and Alternaria. Any kind of mold found in your home presents a serious risk to your health and must be expertly remediated as soon as possible.
Many people think that mold can be removed by treating the at-risk areas with bleach or some other biocides, but this procedure does not completely remove every trace of mold. Since it is not likely you can effectively remove every mold spore present in your home, your best option is to hire a mold remediation contractor to ensure all danger that exists from hazardous mold is professionally removed.
If you have had water damage in your home, or you suspect your home to have some type of mold present, contact Stanford Cleaning & Restoration for a free home inspection.