Many homes have crawlspaces with excessive moisture problems that can lead to serious health problems. Mold and other organisms such as bacteria, fungi and dust mites thrive under homes with excessive moisture.
Mold has been linked to a myriad of health problems. According to a 1999 Mayo Clinic study, nearly all chronic sinus infections are a result of exposure to mold. Mold is a type of fungi that grows on the surfaces of objects and in deteriorated materials. It will flourish in moist, humid environments that have a constant supply of moisture. Controlling the moisture in your home is the key to successful mold remediation. If you have a crawlspace, this is a likely culprit for mold growth
Mold is a biological airborne contaminant that is classified as a bioaerosol. Bioaerosols are extremely tiny living organisms suspended in the air. Exposure to mold can lead to minor problems like mild allergies to severe problems like bacteria and viruses that cause infection. Mold spores can cause allergic reaction symptoms such as sinus congestion, difficulty breathing, headaches, watery/burning eyes and nose and throat irritation. How your health is affected by mold is dependent on the amount of exposure and your individual susceptibility. People most at risk are those with allergies, asthmatics, infants, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems..
There are several industry standard remediation protocols that have been proven effective at removing mold from homes and buildings. The basic steps to remediation are as follows
- Containment of the Work Area
- Removal of Water/Mold Damaged Materials
- Dry Out and/or Dehumidification
- Removal of Fungal Contamination on Structural Surfaces
- HEPA Vacuuming and HEPA Air Scrubbing
What Problems do Mold Cause?
A mold problem can be detrimental to your health and your home. Mold can cause throat and eye irritation, nose stuffiness, trouble breathing, and even more severe reactions for those with mold allergies. For your home, mold and mildew are often caused by water damage. A mold infestation is a sign that there is too much moisture in your home which can lead to deteriorating structures, expensive repairs, and decreased home value.
How to Get Rid of Mold
There are many types of mold that can be found in homes and some are very dangerous to your health. This is why it’s important to hire professionals for mold remediation. Our experts have years of experience in mold cleanup that includes finding and identifying the types of mold in your home and using the most effective ways to remove it. In addition to visible mold, there is often mold hiding in air ducts, hvac systems, crawl spaces, and many other areas of your home. In Cary NC, our crawl space mold removal services use topnotch equipment to kill the mold and test and improve your air quality.