Mold is insidious. It can ruin your possessions, your home, and even your health. When you first spot that initial glimpse of mold growth, your reaction may be one of extreme concern. It happens to just about every homeowner at some point, so don’t worry too much. But before you go grabbing the sponge and bucket, take a moment to consider your options. Do you really want to risk spreading the mold spores throughout the house? Probably not. It’s often best to hire professional mold remediation in Greater Minneapolis to get the job done right. A local restoration company will bring in the right tools and technicians for the job. You can sit back and enjoy peace of mind knowing your mold problem is a thing of the past.
We like to imagine mold as this big, bad villain. In reality, mold is miniscule. The spores in the air around us are barely visible to the naked eye – even then, only in large quantities. Like a living being, mold requires four primary things to remain alive: air, water, food, and an adequate temperature. For most types of mold, humidity and moisture go a long way. If you eliminate these from your home, then you can avoid an infestation. Without moisture or humidity, mold will be unable to settle down and thrive in your household.
Then, you have mildew. Mildew is the lesser of the two types of fungi. Unlike mold, mildew is non-invasive and not nearly as troublesome as mold spores. You can tell the difference between mold and mildew because mildew is grayish-white with a slightly brown coloring over time. It is also flat and powdery, easy to clean, and only lives along the surface it infects.
Mildew can cause the same allergic reactions as mold, but it’s easier to eliminate. Therefore, mildew is less of a threat than mold.
Speaking of allergic reactions to mold, most mold is bound to cause some sort of respiratory reaction. In a healthy individual, that reaction could be relatively minor. You might endure a little coughing, throat irritation, or a runny nose. But for those with respiratory ailments, such as asthma or an infection, mold can be quite troublesome. Then, the symptoms may include chronic coughing, intense irritation of the eyes, throat, and skin, a blocked/runny nose, difficulty breathing, and even internal bleeding from the lungs in worst case scenarios.
As you can see, mold is trouble. If you spot any in your home, please do not hesitate to call a local restoration company to eliminate the growth before it spreads and causes problems.
For professional mold remediation, contact Restoration 1 of Greater Minneapolis by calling 612-200-2302. We have a team of mold experts ready day and night for homeowners and local businesses in the area!
David Tynes is the general manager of Restoration of Greater Minneapolis. David has years of experience in home and commercial restoration, and he is certified as a restoration professional by the IICRC.