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Did the Heavy April Showers Bring Mold Into Your Home?

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Did the heavy April showers bring pests into your home? Probably! Did it bring in another kind of trouble that has no legs and doesn’t scamper about? That answer to that question may be yes as well. The other “trouble” that many homeowners encounter after the spring rains is mold. Mold can bring health problems into a home just as easily as pests can bring disease. So, even though mold will not run in front of you like other pests and make you take notice, getting rid of a mold problem promptly is the right choice to make.

The word mold elicits a great deal of fear in many people, for good reason, but don’t let this reaction paralyze you. Quick action is important in the fight against mold. The first step you should take after the spring rains subside is an inspection of your home. You know your home better than anyone so you may already have an idea about where moisture is likely to linger. Go to those places and take a careful look at them. Do you see something that looks fuzzy growing on your drywall? Do you see a dark stain that takes on the appearance of a velvety patch growing on a wooden surface? These could be visual clues that you have a mold problem.

Another consideration when looking for mold in your home is the way an area smells. The term often used when people describe the smell of mold is musty. This term often encompasses a smell that is earthy, and usually unpleasant. Others have described the smell of mold as something that is more akin to wet socks, or rotten wood. These smells are often found in areas that contain mold because mold can emit gasses known as microbial volatile organic compounds which give off this somewhat unique smell.

Although these smell and sight guidelines are good ones to follow, sometimes it is not so easy for the average homeowner to determine if there really in a mold problem in the house. If you suspect that there may be mold in your home have our Mold Solutions expert check it out. If mold is found, our patent mold removal technology will remove the mold without removing your drywall or other surface as well as prevent it from returning.

New technology has made mold removal more efficient, but the knowledge that there is a connection between mold and health problems is not new. Almost two decade ago, in 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people.  As the spring turns to summer, don’t let your house become a breeding ground for unhealthy air. Take the steps you need now to ensure the best quality home for you and your family. 

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