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What You Need To Know About Mold

Did you know that nearly half of all homes in the United States are suffering from some form of mold contamination? Experts reported this epidemic the documentary film “MOLDY”. It goes on to note that 28 percent of U.S. citizens are genetically susceptible to mold-related health issues. Don’t let your family suffer from mold-related health issues. The mold remediation experts at Urgent Restoration are here to arm you with the knowledge you need to know about mold and how it can be affecting you and your property. 

Mold Spores Are Everywhere

The reality is, mold and mold spores have existed on this planet for millions of years. In fact, this fungus only needs two things to thrive: moisture and warm temperatures. Unfortunately, both of these are almost always a constant in our steamy central Florida climate. 

Mold Causes Health Issues

One thing you need to know about mold is that some people are more sensitive to it than others. You may have no symptoms at all while someone you love can suffer serious complications. Reactions range from mild to severe. Mold related health issues include:

Mild Reactions to Mold

  • Stuffiness
  • Throat irritation
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Eye irritation
  • Skin irritation 

Severe Reactions to Mold

  • Lung infections
  • Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
  • Asthma or Shortness of Breath
  • Pneumonia
  • Increased Allergies
  • Memory Loss
  • Lethargy
  • Seizures
  • Digestion Problems
  • Acute Idiopathic Pulmonary Hemorrhage (amongst infants)

It Is Easy for Mold to Get Inside Your Home 

Mold creeps into your home through vents, doors, windows, HVAC systems, heaters, air conditioners. It is also transported inside your home on clothing, shoes, pets, and luggage. Once inside your home, mold begins growing given the proper conditions. It accumulates in dust, paint, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, windows, pipes, carpet, fabric, furniture, and even ceiling tiles. In short, if there is excessive moisture in your home and temps above 70 degrees Fahrenheit, mold can grow. 

How to Prevent Mold

Mold growth can be prevented with a multitude of techniques. One of the best techniques you need to know about mold prevention is controlling humidity. Ensure that there are no leaks in your roof and that there are proper seals around your windows and doors. Install proper ventilation in your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. When a flood or leak occurs in your home, immediately begin a thorough cleaning and drying process. If you need help with water damage and remediation remember to call Urgent Restoration anytime -24/7.  If you decide to DIY but notice a musty smell or see discolored spots developing, then mold probably is starting to grow. 

Restoring Your Home and Health

Mold growth can get out of hand quickly. If you detect mold, the best thing you can do is have it removed quickly and professionally. Refrain from taking samples or testing mold cultures, per CDC recommendations. In fact, it can be very dangerous and ineffective to attempt mold removal as a do-it-yourself project. Mold in your home affects your health, and especially the health of your children, elderly or immunocompromised family members. Do not let mold ruin your life. Call Urgent Restoration. We provide professional mold remediation services throughout Polk County and central Hillsborough County. We are available to help customers 24/7. Call us now at (863) 583-5800 or message us online to get more information.

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