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What to do if microbial growth or mold is present in your home?

Microbial growth can occur in thousands of different varieties inside your home. No matter the color or size of the growth, it needs to be addressed properly. If left alone, microbial growth can spread and create an unsafe living environment.

 

Leave it to the professionals – Microbial growth can spread and cause harm to a homeowner if they attempt to remediate it incorrectly. Proper containment, personal protective equipment and products are required to properly remediate microbial growth. Missing one of these key elements can cause the growth to spread or can harm the occupants of a home. Using a professional company to handle the situation is best. A mold remediation contractor will be able to set up the proper containment barriers and air filtration system to protect those removing the microbial growth and those living or working in the space.

 

Find the source – Microbial growth needs a food source to grow. This often comes from water which has entered or built up in an area of the home. From attics to crawl spaces or the living area, water or high humidity can be the source. High humidity in an attic or crawl space can lead to extensive microbial growth. Many homeowner fixes for mold will not be a permanent solution because they do not address the source of the growth. Addressing the cause of the growth is as important as the remediation process. 

 

Common sources – Poor venting in an attic or crawl space is a common source for microbial growth. A venting issue allows for the humidity to build in these areas and create the perfect conditions for microbial growth. Water leaks in a kitchen, bathroom or laundry room are also common sources. Appliances can leak water over time and become a source for growth. A water intrusion can also be a source. Water can enter a home through a leaking window or foundation crack and develop into microbial growth. 

 

Suspect mold or microbial growth but can not see visible signs? – Irritation, congestion and coughing are signs of microbial growth affecting the body. If you suspect mold growth but don’t see any visible signs, it may be time to involve an industrial hygienist. They can take samples and determine if mold spores are present inside the home. Involving an industrial hygienist is a good idea to find out what exactly is the issue and narrow down the range of possibilities of what could be hampering the air quality and disturbing those who live or work in the space.