Mold in your home of business is a serious issue. Not only does it damage your property, it also puts you and your family, staff or customers at risk of severe health issues.
Although mold is a year-round problem, it has more of a tendency to damage your property and put you and others at risk during the spring and summer.
There are multiple reasons why mold infestations are more likely to occur during this time:
- Mold that was dormant due to winter weather conditions has thawed with the warmer temps and is now growing
- Moisture and humidity levels increase during warm weather and these conditions help mold thrive
- More rain and flooding in during the spring and summer which helps mold grow in wet, damp and leaky areas
Since mold problems are typically on the rise during warm weather, you’ll want to keep an eye out for any signs of mold growth. Sometimes these signs are easy to spot. Mold, in groups of spores, may be visibly growing on walls, floors, ceilings, carpeting and furniture. Other times, mold can be identified if you consistently notice musty smells, dampness or stains in certain areas of your property like basements, attics, bathrooms, and crawl spaces.
Yet there are some serious mold infestations that may be less visible to you. In those cases, the signs of infestation may appear in the form of symptoms.
Symptoms of Indoor Mold Exposure
Exposure to indoor mold growth is not good for anyone. However, exposure to mold growth may result in mild or severe symptoms depending on how serious the infestation is – and if the person is more susceptible to exposure.
In the case of less intense mold growth, you and your residents may experience mild symptoms such as:
- Slight nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Eye irritation (red, itchy or watery)
- Skin irritation (red or itchy)
In these cases, the symptoms are more of a nuisance than anything. And they are very similar to the symptoms associated with seasonal allergies. Yet, seasonal allergies can be ruled out if you or others only experience them (or experience them more frequently) when you are inside the property.
More serious mold infestations not only cause more severe symptoms, they also pose a greater health risk to you and others if exposed to them. Severe indoor mold symptoms include:
- Sore throat
- Persistent headaches
- Chest congestion
- Lung irritation
- Difficulty breathing
If you experience any of the more severe symptoms associated with indoor mold exposure (especially if you have respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder), you should leave property immediately – and then contact a certified mold inspection, removal and remediation team!
Test, Remove and Remediate Mold ASAP
If you identify signs of mold, experience any of the mild or severe symptoms or just suspect that your property currently has a mold issue, it’s best to find out for sure.
The IICRC certified technicians at FloodCo USA are available 24/7 to inspect your property, identify any mold growth, take quick action to remove it, and perform the necessary steps to stop the mold from spreading, contaminating other areas and continuing to grow. Don’t let mold damage your property or your health. Contact FloodCo USA and we’ll ride your home of mold!