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3 Signs That You Need Mold Mitigation

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

4 Signs That You Need Mold Mitigation

Unless it was built in the middle of a dessert, any home is bound to be susceptible to mold and mildew. And in most cases, by the time a homeowner realizes that their house is in need of a mold cleanup, the damage has already been done. As such, it is vital for every home or business owner to understand microbial growth and know how to detect fungus in its earliest stages of growth.

Only a qualified environmental hygienist can properly assess the damage and determine the right mitigation strategy. But anyone can identify a fungus infestation early on as long as they know what to look for. Here are 3 tell-tale signs that your home or business is in need of a mold cleanup:

1. Odor

A strong, pungent, musty smell means that mold and mildew have pretty much taken over the building. However, if you know where to look, a slight odor of fungi can also be an early warning sign. For instance, closing all the windows and doors in a room for about an hour can weed out the source of the musty smell. And, in case the smell is only noticeable when the heating or air conditioning is on, the HVAC probably needs a proper mold cleanup.

2. Visible Microbial Growth

Most people assume that they know what mold looks like. However, some types of microbial growth tend to hide in plain sight. Environmental hygienists say the most common place to look for visible mildew is the bathroom. It can usually be found growing between tiles, on the grout.

Even if the grout has a very small spot of mildew, it may be a sign that there's a moisture problem in the bathroom. Chances are, there's a much larger amount of microbial growth behind the tiles. Only a qualified environmental hygienist can determine if that's the case and decide on the best mitigation strategy.

3. Damp Basement

When it comes to mold cleanup inside a home, the first place an environmental hygienist checks is always the basement. It's usually the least ventilated and most humid room in the house, which makes it a perfect habitat for fungus. In addition to that, the basement is rarely used so it gets cold at night, leading to condensation.

Professional mold mitigation implies eliminating all existing mold. But it's even more important to eliminate the reason why it began to grow in the first place. So, if the basement needed a mold cleanup, any true mitigation expert will recommend steps to decrease the moisture levels and prevent the problem from becoming a reoccurring one. Visit http://www.SERVPROsummerlinnorthsuncity.com for more information on mold removal and remediation.

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