Water damage, foundation cracks, poor ventilation and elevated humidity are a few ways mold can develop in a home or business. In some cases, microbial growth can begin to develop only 48 to 72 hours after excess moisture has been introduced to an environment.
The most important step to limiting microbial growth is to be on the lookout for signs of excess moisture. Increased humidity is a telltale sign of elevated moisture in a space. Crawl spaces and attics are areas that can be subject to mold growth from elevated humidity. It is a good idea to check these spaces a few times a month to make sure there are no signs of water penetration or increased humidity.
A tangy or mildew smell is a sign that water has settled somewhere in your property and is trapped. Water can get trapped between flooring and subfloor or in a wall. This will often lead to microbial growth and the development of a sour smell.
Either of these signs are a good reason to call a professional restoration company. The damage from microbial growth can increase with time, so it is best to get on the issue right away. In some situations, an industrial hygienist can be required to test indoor air quality. They can determine if parts of the home have elevated spore counts and if they require a solution from a restoration company.
If there are signs of visible mold, it is time to get professional help right away. Mold can be white, green, blue and black, but no matter the color, it should be inspected by a restoration company. Newman Restoration & Cleaning utilized multiple methods for remediating all types of microbial growth. Trust Team Newman to ensure a healthy living environment.