Unfortunately, mold can develop anywhere. The areas that are most prone to mold is where moisture is allowed to stay present. “Bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, and crawl spaces” are the most common areas where mold can be found. Mold, “a type of fungus consists of small organisms.” You may believe mold is a blackish color, but mold can also be “white, orange, green, or purple.” We are all exposed to mold spores each day. Whenever we are exposed to a large number of spores, we have a higher chance of experiencing the effects of mold.
Health Concerns from Mold Exposure
As found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mold exposure can cause a variety of health concerns. Some people may or may not experience less severe reactions.
- “Nasal Stuffiness”
- “Throat Irritation”
- “Coughing or Wheezing”
- “Eye Irritation”
- “Skin Irritation”
Other people, who may be allergic to mold, may experience more severe health problems. Individuals with “immune-compromised people and people with chronic lung illness, such as obstructive lung disease, may get serious infections in their lungs when they are exposed to mold.” Mold can also be harmful to babies and the elderly.
Keep Mold Exposure Down
The WebMD article gives a list of tips to control indoor mold. One tip that we believe is important to remember is that you should “dry wet areas within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth.” Controlling the indoor humidity is also recommended. If you can, “keep indoor humidity below 60%.”
If you follow these tips, your home or office will be safe from a mold problem. The one thing you should realize from all of this detailed information is that all it takes for mold to grow is moisture. You don’t have to have a flood of water to develop a mold problem.
After a Flood: Act Fast and Call Spotless Carpet Cleaners
A flood of water can lead to multiple problems. One more important resource is FEMA. Again pointed out, “mold growths, or colonies, can start to grow on a damp surface within 24 to 48 hours.” Along with the quick growth of mold, you want to be careful when it comes to electrical problems.
It’s best to let the experts handle the aftermath from flooding of any type. The team at Spotless Carpet Cleaners is the Tri-Cities’ water restoration service customers have trusted since 1999. We are experienced, licensed, certified, award-winning, and family owned.
We know our customers never know when a flooding problem may occur, and our 24/7, emergency-response team will be there. We will be there whenever you need quality equipment, expert knowledge, and compassionate care.