Did you know mold is all around us, all the time? Tiny mold spores, in the air both inside and outdoors, are a normal part of our environment. If your home or business is clean and dry, mold levels generally stay under control and don’t cause problems. But mold thrives in wet environments, multiplying and spreading, growing into colonies that can cause odor, damage, and even serious health issues.
How to Know Mold is a Problem in Your Home or Business
If mold is everywhere, how do we know when mold growth is out of control?
Sniffling, sneezing, and asthma can be caused by mold in your home or business. Getting mold under control can literally help you, your family, or customers breathe easier. Mold can sometimes grow in hidden spaces and without odor, making it hard to find.
Musty smells are an easy way to know mold growth is a problem. Mold can be growing in or under carpets, in air ducts, inside walls, ceilings, and more. While not every mold overgrowth has a detectable odor, if you notice mold or mildew smells then you likely have a mold problem.
We all see mold from time to time, maybe on old food, on a tub that hasn’t been cleaned recently, or at the bottom of a pile of wet leaves in the fall. But when you see mold on a wall, ceiling, floor, or other area that’s not usually wet, there’s a problem with water in your home or business that needs to be addressed.
Not sure if you need a professional? Americlean’s mold experts can inspect your home or business and determine if mold is a problem in your spaces.
How Does Mold Get Out of Control?
Mold needs two main things to grow: water and some kind of “food” like wood, ceiling tiles, cardboard, wallpaper, carpets, drywall, fabric, insulation. Remember, mold is present in tiny amounts most of the time, so the reason you don’t get mold on your couch is that it’s dry Sometimes high humidity environments (over 45% humidity for some molds) can be enough moisture to cause a mold problem. If your home or business is generally dry and you see mold growth, you know there’s a leak somewhere there shouldn’t be.
Don’t wait to call for help when you have water damage! Mold can become a problem in as little as 24 hours if materials like wood or carpet stay wet. The best way to address mold is to stop it before it becomes a problem! Americlean is fast and efficient, removing water from your home to keep damage to a minimum.
Main causes of water damage in homes and businesses include:
- Broken Pipes
- Damaged Roofs or Structures (damage from the Derecho caused water damage and mold in many buildings)
- Foundation Damage or Wear
If you see mold, the first step is to remove the water from the equation. Our experts can help you find the source of excess moisture in your home, preventing further damage and starting the remediation process.
Americlean’s Mold Remediation Process Keeps You Safe
Americlean does things right, and we take mold remediation seriously. We follow IICRC S520 Professional Mold Remediation Guidelines, the top-of-the-line process for safely cleaning mold. Why are these guidelines important? First, these standards are internationally recognized and are created by a collaboration of microbiologists, public health professionals, industrial hygienists, remediation contractors, and restoration service companies for the highest possible industry standards. Second, if you use a company that doesn’t follow these guidelines, they may use ineffective or even dangerous cleaning methods, allowing the mold to come back or even spread throughout your home.
Our inspection experts can find hidden mold in air ducts, walls, floors, and more. We can also assess problems you see or smell and help you deal with the issue. Different levels of mold problems require different types of remediation. No matter how serious the mold issue in your home or business, our processes keep mold spores out of the air, remove existing damage safely from the premises to avoid further contamination, and help with repair or restoration when the water source is gone and surfaces and materials have been properly cleaned.
Americlean will be with you for every step of this process, ensuring your property is safe, clean, and comfortable when we’re done.