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Four Questions About Mold Answered

Mold growth is a terrifying prospect for many homeowners. Not only is it gross and smelly, it can be very hazardous to the condition of your home and your health. When it comes to avoiding issues such as this, usually the simplest answers are the most effective. To help you with these simple questions, below are the answers to what mold actually, why it’s dangerous, how to prevent it, and how to get rid of it. Understanding these basics will help you move forward confidently in all almost all cases of mold that you may encounter. For any future questions or mold cleanup needs you may have in the North Charleston area, don’t hesitate to contact the pros at Clean Masters.

What Is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungus. Molds have a variety of different functions. Some are totally harmless and even beneficial like penicillium. Unfortunately, however, the molds that most often grow in homes are potentially harmful to your health. Mold is most likely to grow in the damp, dark areas of your home. This includes kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and the parts of the walls near leaky pipes.

Why Is It Dangerous?

A common misconception about mold is that it is always dangerous, even very dangerous in some instances. While it certainly is true that mold can cause health issues, the cases where serious health problems are caused by mold are much more the exception than the norm. Nonetheless, there are several symptoms brought on by mold. Common symptoms are allergy-like (stuffy nose, congestion, coughing, difficulty breathing, etc.) but will not go away with an allergy pill. More serious symptoms are still usually respiratory-related. These include bronchitis, lung disease, and the possible development of asthma.

How Do I Prevent It?

When it comes to mold, prevention always trumps cleanup. In high humidity areas such as North Charleston it is especially important to stay on the ball about preventing mold growth. You can do this by keeping an eye on the moisture levels in your home This is especially in the damp dark corners of your home. Pay extra attention to these areas, and if you notice a damp or musty smell take action immediately because you are probably smelling mold.  

How Do I Get Rid Of It?

The best and most surefire way to eliminate mold from your home is to hire a professional cleaning and restoration company such as Clean Masters who can get the job done right the first time. Many people make the mistake of just spot cleaning the mold they see and assuming that the problem has been taken care of. However, mold often grows within your walls where you can’t see it. If this is the case, no amount of spot cleaning will ever fully get the job done. That’s because the main source of mold the mold is inside your walls and out of reach. When mold damage has reached this extent, call the pros who can, in a minimally invasive way, root out every bit of remaining mold within your home and help you home be mold free.

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