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Not Another Mold Problem! How To Get A Handle On Mold Growth

Now that winter is here, the threat of mold is increased. There are a variety of issues that can cause mold to develop in your house. Everything from heavy rains, seasonal flooding, and even moisture buildup from leaving your windows closed can all work together to create the perfect storm for mold growth. Unfortunately, mold isn't just something that leaves a nasty green residue in your home or leaves you with a musty smell. Mold can actually make you and your family sick, especially if it's allowed to run rampant, and get out of control. If you suspect that you have mold in your home, here are three steps you'll need to take:

Identify the Source

Mold isn't always easily identifiable. Sometimes it will hide inside the walls for a while, or even below the carpeting. If you've noticed a musty odor in your home, you'll need to identify the source. Take your time to search each room until you find the source of the musty odor. This may take a while, but if you go room by room, you'll be able to find the mold. If you continue to smell the odor, but you still can't find the source, you'll need to have a professional mold remediation company come in and locate the mold for you.

Have the Mold Tested

Once you've located the mold, it's important that you have it tested. It might be tempting to immediately begin the cleanup, but it's important to know the type of mold you're dealing with. Not only will it ensure a thorough cleanup, but it will also help you identify potential health risks that you and your family may be facing. This is particularly important since some molds are more hazardous than others.

Ensure Proper Cleanup

After the mold has been tested, and identified, you'll be ready to begin the cleanup. Since mold is potentially hazardous to your health, especially to those with asthma, allergies, or other breathing-related illnesses, you'll need to ensure that it's cleaned up properly. The best way to do that is to hire a professional mold remediation company. If you had a team come in to locate the mold growth, it's best to use them for the cleanup, since they'll know exactly where the problem centers from.

Where there's moisture, there's bound to be mold. To help keep mold from becoming a problem in your home, use the instructions provided here. Talk to your mold remediation service about ways to prevent the problem from returning.