Discovering mold in your home can be a jarring experience. It’s hard to believe that such a small substance is capable of doing so much damage. Mold in the home is a byproduct of excess moisture and will inevitably cause damage to your home and health. Here are four ways that mold can ruin your life if not addressed.
If you experience seasonal allergies, you’re familiar with the symptoms. However, when dealing with mold, these severe allergies linger all year long. When you notice that your allergies have held on well past their season, schedule a mold inspection Portland to find out if there’s a problem in your home.
Mold stains will pop up on walls where dampness occurs such as bathrooms and basements. Unfortunately by the time stains show up, damage behind the wall is well underway. To clean a small amount of surface mold, spray one part bleach to three parts water, then call for an inspection before it gets worse.
When you’re living with mold, you’ll be subjected to all kinds of unpleasant odors. Mold smells musty and earthy, and no matter how much you clean, you won’t eliminate the stench. Elements in mold called microbial volatile organic compounds are what cause this odor and it may produce headaches and dizziness.
Although mold on its own won’t cause wood to rot, the fungi that cause damage are usually nearby. Mold and fungi both need a damp spot to grow in and once fungi take hold, they deteriorate wood quickly. If you see mold, it’s time for an inspection as structural damage could be imminent.
Once mold is present in your home, it causes allergies, smells and usually impending damage. Having a thorough inspection is the quickest way to banish mold from your home for good.