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Mold in your home is dangerous. Discovering mold in your home can be quite alarming. You may not know how serious or extensive the damage is or how it will impact your family’s health. The very first thing you need to do if you suspect or find mold in your home is to call a mold remediation and removal expert to survey the damage. These companies can also remove the mold from your home if necessary.

Mold is quite common and mold spores are terrifyingly all over the place. Mold spores can enter your home on a pet, your clothes, or float through an open door or window. To grow, mold spores need to land somewhere they can feed off moisture and nutrients. While it is important to act quickly when you think mold in your home may be a problem, it’s also best not to overreact.  Do not attempt potentially damaging and ineffective DIY techniques on your own. It is always best to allow the experts to give you a proper diagnosis when you are dealing with mold in your home.

To Treat or Not to Treat

A common mistake many people make is trying to clean up mold themselves without having it tested first. Cleaning mold with bleach can be somewhat effective depending on the type and severity of the mold, but the root of the problem needs to be treated and certain types of molds are much harder to eliminate than others.

Your home may be inhabitable during mold clean up.  You may need to leave your home temporarily while the mold is removed and treated. This may seem like a big inconvenience, but remember that staying in a hotel or with friends or relatives for a couple of nights is a much better alternative than allowing mold to continue growing in your home. Mold will damage the structure and put your family’s health at risk.

Three Common Molds

When you find mold in your business or your home and call in mold remediation experts, you will be able to find out what kind of mold is growing there. There are three common types of mold and more than 100,000 varieties.  Mold is classified as allergenic, pathogenic, and toxigenic. Mold will do damage to your lungs if left untreated.  It is imperative that you treat mold in basements, attics, and bathrooms as soon as you find it.

 

Health Issues

If you suffer from any illnesses that might be even remotely linked to mold, you should visit your doctor right away. Those illnesses include but are not limited to:

  • Allergies
  • Headaches
  • COPD
  • Fatigue
  • Sore Throat

Insurance

Once you find mold, you should contact your homeowner’s insurance company.  They will tell you if mold removal is covered. Oftentimes the process will be covered.  Coverage depends on the cause of the mold and how pervasive the problem is.

Mold Inspections and Removal in Minneapolis

The first call you make when you discover or suspect mold in your home or place of business should be to the mold removal and remediation experts at ServiceMaster Minneapolis at (612) 354-5466. Mold and moisture typically go hand in hand and often become a problem after your home or business has suffered water damage. ServiceMaster also handles water damage mitigation and restoration, and can not only make any water-related disaster a thing of the past but also test to see whether water damage may have resulted in mold growth. Contact us today to learn more and request your free quote.

 

 

 

 

This blog was originally posted on April 5, 2017.  Visit this page to see the original post.