As mold begins growing in the home, the spores find their way into your indoor air supply where you inhale them into your lungs. While it is impossible to prevent all mold spores from becoming airborne within your home, a hazardous amount of growth can pose a serious threat to your health and well-being. For example, toxic black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum) can cause the following:
- chronic fatigue
- coughing and sneezing
- eye, nose, and throat irritation
- joint pain
- persistent headaches
- skin rashes
If you’ve found any mold growth in your home, make sure you call in a professional mold inspector immediately. Therefore, if any mold is detected, you’ll need to have it remediated as soon as possible. Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, you’ll typically find mold growing in dank, dark, and humid areas such as basements and bathrooms. Mold is usually seen in dark and damp areas and that is one reason that ventilation becomes an important criteria of staying healthy.
However, the presence of excessive moisture, regardless of where it’s located, is the ideal breeding ground for mold. Once the remediation specialist has removed all visible mold growth, they will begin the more extensive cleaning process. This part of the remediation process ensures that no mold spores remain in the air you breathe. At this point, it’s safe to repair those areas that were damaged by mold.
The actual time involved in the remediation process will depend on several factors, the first being the type of mold you’re trying to remove. The more serious strains, such as black mold, will usually take longer to eradicate as more intense safety measures are required. The next key factor that influences how long the remediation process takes is the damage that mold caused to your home.
Mold typically eats away (feeds on) carpet, ceiling tiles, drywall, floorboards, wallpaper, wooden studs a,nd other building components. If left unchecked, it can cause major structural damage such as ceilings collapsing, floors caving in, and walls crumbling. In the less severe cases, the remediation process can be completed in roughly 48 hours. However, in the more severe cases, remediation can take 4 or 5 weeks.
While no one enjoys the thought of having to deal with this nasty fungus, you can always count on the mold inspection experts at Florida Inspections Unlimited to test and check if your home has mold or not.
For more information about Broward mold inspections or to schedule an inspection in your home, call us today at 954-861-0666.