Answers Provided by Our Skilled Service Professionals
At Lone Star Pro Services, we take protecting your home or business very seriously. If you are (or suspect you are) dealing with mold on your property, we understand how overwhelmed you must be feeling. Below we have provided answers to some of the most commonly asked mold questions to help you through this process. Reach out to our skilled service professionals right away for dependable mold solutions and rest assured we’ll get the job done right.
What Causes Mold?
All it takes for mold and mildew to form is some moisture and organic material. Some of the most common sources of moisture that cause mold in a home or business include leaking plumbing pipes, high humidity, roof leaks, uncontrolled condensation, overflowing washing machines, poor ventilation, and flooding.
What Does Mold Look Like?
There are different types of mold, each of which varies in form and texture. Mold can appear in the form of fuzzy white fibers, black stains, slimy residue, dirt, soot, or clusters of black or colorful spots. Mold can be black, green, orange, gray, white, yellow, or blue.
Some of the most common indoor molds include:
A test can be done to determine which type of mold you have, but no matter the result, the problem needs to be taken care of ASAP.
What Does Mold Smell Like?
Serious mold infestations are often accompanied by a strong musty, earthy odor. Other people have described mold odors as similar to that of dirty socks or rotten wood. Mold typically smells pungent and unpleasant. Mold odors are caused by the microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOC) that mold releases as it grows. They can smell different to different people, so it is important to investigate any strong, unpleasant odors in your home or business.
How Dangerous Is Mold?
Mold can pose a serious health problem to anyone exposed to it; however, those with allergies, asthma, weakened immune systems, and existing respiratory problems are at risk of more serious complications. Mold produces allergens, irritants, and mycotoxins that can be toxic.
Below are common health risks associated with mold:
- Breathing problems
- Asthma attacks
- Chronic lung conditions
- Asthma development
- Respiratory infections
Some people are not sensitive to mold and therefore might not experience any side effects of mold exposure. Whether or not you are experiencing health issues caused by mold, mold growth needs to be treated immediately.
How to Get Rid of/Clean Mold
For minor mold problems, you can attempt to treat the mold on your own. We recommend using one of the following mixtures: soap and water, ammonia and water, or bleach and water. If you use bleach, be sure to mix 1 cup of bleach and 1 gallon of water. Additionally, it is important to NEVER mix bleach with other cleaning products, especially ammonia. With your cleaning solution and a stiff-bristled brush, scrub the area vigorously. Rinse the area and repeat the process 1-2 times. Once you are done cleaning the area, be sure to dry it thoroughly to prevent regrowth.
When cleaning mold, be sure to:
- Wear gloves and protective eyewear
- Open windows and doors to let in fresh air
- Make sure the area is thoroughly dry once you finish
Moldy items that cannot be cleaned should be removed from your property. In the event that there is mold in your drywall, ceiling, wallboard, or insulation, removal and replacement are likely necessary.
For more serious mold problems, it is crucial that you bring in a team of professionals. Treating mold is very tricky and DIY projects often only provide a temporary solution.