When certain symptoms of mold are discovered, it could hint at a problem that only professional mold remediation can solve. Considering that mold wreaks havoc on those with respiratory issues, and is proven to worsen the indoor air quality of your home, it’s a problem that homeowners are going to want diagnosed and solved quickly. Here are five things to look for that may suggest your home is in need of professional crawl space mold remediation services.
Leaks or Water Damage
Where there is standing water in your home, or worse yet, a leak, there may very well be mold nearby. The cause could be a number of things, ranging from a small leak in a pipe within your home to a poor seal or exposure to the outside elements. Because mold is proven to begin growing in as little as 24-48 hours from the time a leak occurs, finding a leak that’s been there for days suggests a high likelihood of mold. If a leak is discovered, stop it as soon as possible, and call a professional to inspect and assess the need for crawl space mold remediation.
Noticeable Change in Air Quality
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), any mold found in your crawl space can have a significant impact on indoor air quality. While some people may not notice, others will experience this change in the form of significant allergy issues. Others may just notice something different about the air in their home. Either way, the cause of a change in air quality within your home can certainly be mold in your crawl space. If you sense a change in air quality in your own home, hiring a contractor to test your crawl space for mold is strongly advised.
Increase in Physical Allergies and Respiratory Symptoms
Breathing in mold spores can intensify symptoms for people prone to respiratory problems. Hazardous symptoms that are known to be caused from exposure to mold spores include skin rash, chronic cough, and a sore throat, among others. All of these symptoms are especially menacing for those with asthma and respiratory issues. Crawl space mold remediation can help to improve these symptoms.
Foul or Unwanted Smells in Your Home
In addition to seeing unusual hints that mold has permeated your crawl space, mold usually has an identifiable smell. Whether from the mold itself or the associated mildew, a smell that doesn’t belong can point to a serious crawl space mold issue. If there’s an odd smell in your house, see if you can find a source of moisture that may be causing it. Otherwise, the mold may be in your crawl space and impacting the air in your home.
Mold is Found Within Your Home
It’s true that some forms of mold can be easily eradicated by the homeowner. That said, mold that has already started growing in your home has probably spread from unseen areas like your crawl space, attic, or basement. Even if you’re willing to climb down into your crawl space yourself, the methods and chemicals used to remediate mold will vary depending on the type you’re dealing with. A professional can run a proper test to assess the type of mold and apply the optimal method for remediating it from your crawl space.
Hire a Pro to Handle your Crawl Space Mold Remediation
However you discover your need for crawl space mold remediation, it’s a much more detailed process than most homeowners expect. From professional gear to rare and expensive chemicals, professionals have the experience to completely manage your crawl space mold situation and restore the air quality of your home.
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