If you spot mold in your home, it is important to understand the risks of exposure and develop a suitable plan for addressing the problem in a timely fashion. Untreated, mold can spread and wreak havoc on your health and the structural integrity of your home. Before you decide to remove the mold yourself, it is important that you understand risks associated with this process and the potential benefits of contacting a mold professional.
Problems Associated with Mold Exposure
Mold exposure can be costly in terms of its impacts on your health and the value of your home. There are several problems associated with exposure:
- In the short term, mold can exacerbate asthma and related respiratory ailments
- Mold emits foul odors, which can permeate your home
- Mold feeds on organic matter and weakens the structural integrity of your home
Mold can affect any section of a house, but is most commonly found in damp and dark areas. Mold often affects unseen areas that are difficulty to reach, including heating and cooling registers and tight spaces inside walls.
When to Call a Professional
It is important to understand the unique challenges and potential health concerns associated with treating mold yourself. Although it may be tempting to cut costs, improperly removing mold can elevate risks of exposure. There are many different types of mold and you may want to call a specialist if you are having difficulty determining what kind of mold you are encountering in your home.
When mold is disturbed, spores and particles are released into the air. Without the proper equipment, those directly involved in the cleaning process may be subject to additional exposure and may even spread mold to other areas of the house. Harsh chemicals used in the cleaning process can also exacerbate respiratory symptoms.
Improperly treated, mold will likely return. Although you may be successful in removing most of the mold in your home, mold often returns if not treated correctly. If you are concerned about potential risks, a specialist can help you determine a suitable course of action.
Why Call a Professional?
A mold professional will develop a thorough treatment plan for mold remediation that completely eliminates mold from your home and ensures it does not return. Specialists have a strong knowledge of how to treat different types of mold and specialty equipment and approaches that will help to expedite the mold removal process.
Service Master is a restoration company, based in Boise and the Canyon County area, with 17 years experience specializing in mold remediation. Mold removal specialists are trained to identify problem areas and remove mold using processes that that will help to ensure the safety of your family and home. Service Master also offers related services in fire and water restoration.