Mold may be important to nature, but it isn’t welcome inside your Spring Hill, FL, home. There are many misconceptions surrounding mold and mold remediation, so here are factual answers to common questions about it.

1. What Is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungus that helps decompose organic matter in nature. Anywhere there’s moisture, organic matter and oxygen, mold can grow. When mold grows indoors, it causes damage to the building and health issues for the occupants.

Mold sets up colonies by releasing spores and spreading them through air, insects and water. If you are allergic to mold, inhaling or touching spores can cause itching, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat and skin rashes. Mold won’t kill you, but the effects of coming in contact with it are worse for certain people, like children and the elderly.

2. Can You Do Mold Remediation Yourself?

If you know how to remove mold and the affected area is smaller than 10 square feet, then it’s OK to remove it yourself. If the infestation is larger than that, our professionals can inspect and remove the mold. Our technicians will use protective equipment to handle mold before repairing the water damage and scrubbing the area clean.

3. Why Does Mold Grow Indoors?

Mold needs moisture, nutrients and time to grow, and almost all homes meet those requirements. Since spores travel through the air, all homes have some level of mold. Common rooms of your home to find mold are the bathroom, kitchen, crawl space and attic.

4. When Is Mold a Problem?

While most homes may have a little mold, a larger infestation can cause health issues and damage. Signs of mold include visible white or black specks and a musty odor. Symptoms from contact with mold include itchy eyes, wheezing and stuffy nose, which are all like an allergic reaction.

5. How Can I Prevent Mold Growth in My Home?

There are several things you can do to prevent the growth of mold colonies within your home. It helps to keep your gutters clear and repair your leaky plumbing. You can keep your indoor humidity between 30% and 50% by using a dehumidifier.

Knowing the risks and causes so you can be proactive is the best way to approach mold growth. Our professional water damage services and mold remediation will get your home back in order. If you need emergency restoration services in Spring Hill, FL, call us at ServiceMaster Professional Services to schedule an appointment today.

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