Despite being an issue that is talked about a lot, mold damage is still a problem that commonly affects households in Wichita, KS. Due to the fact that it has been linked with different respiratory problems as well, mold contamination damage should always be identified and assessed for the possible need for mold remediation services.
Mold has the ability to grow and spread within 24 to 48 hours on any damp surface of organic matter. Items such as wood products, carpets, drywall, cardboard, fabric, insulation materials, decaying plants and other matters offer the perfect source of nutrition to mold.
Common Causes of Mold Damage
When flooding or groundwater seepage occurs, mold and mildew can develop in a matter of 24 to 48 hours if proper measures are not taken to properly eliminate the presence of the moisture. Commonly, mold occurs in homes if you have experienced water damage caused by the following:
- Flooding or sewage backup
- Leaks in the roof or plumbing causing water seepage
- Overflows in bathtubs and sinks
- Areas that experience high humidity – kitchen, dryer vents etc.
The highest health risk is posed by exposure to Stachybotrys Atra a.k.a “black mold” that is extremely toxic in harsh and/or prolonged periods of exposure. It thrives well in wet materials that have high cellulose content. This includes all wood and paper materials in a home.
Mold Damage and Indoor Air
The effects of mold do not just harm your home. Mold has also been linked with reducing the quality of the indoor air in your home as well. Molds spread by releasing spores into the air and these airborne particles are often inhaled by us. Presence of mold in homes has been linked to the following health problems:
- Respiratory conditions – asthma, wheezing
- Sinus and nasal congestion
- Irritation in the eyes – watery, burning, redness
- Throat and nose irritation – hacking, dry cough, nose bleeds or sneezing fits
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Complications in the nervous system – memory loss, mood swings, headaches
For small children, the elderly and individuals with respiratory complications and compromised immune systems the risk posed by mold is higher. Prolonged exposure to mold in indoor air can be very dangerous, even life-threatening for them.
Mold Remediation Services
When you have a minor mold problem, it is possible to use cleaning items meant for household cleaning. On the other hand, using bleach can help to get rid of most molds but it is not always the best option. To quickly get rid of mold, you need to ensure that you effectively remove the source of moisture. To eliminate mold properly, you might need to get the help of experts who can assess the damage done and deploy the correct steps to remove mold. In Wichita, KS, call STOP Restoration at(772) 266-5428
If you are looking for professionals for mold remediation, call us now. Our team can come over and assess the damage. With an IICRC certification and a corporate member of the Indoor Air Quality Association, you can be sure that your property and your health are going to be in very good hands.