Mold and Mildew- The temperatures are starting to change. Even though mold and mildew are issues all year long, they can become a bigger concern as winter approaches. This is often when the warm air rises into an attic area and meets a cold window or wall. This can cause condensation to build up which provides the perfect environment from mold and mildew to grow. Activities such as cooking or washing clothes can also create excess moisture in the air that eventually will rise into the attic space and cause the same effects that create the environment for mold and mildew to grow.
The first question we need to understand is what they really are.
Mold and mildew are both forms of fungus. Like all fungi, they rely on eating decaying organic materials to sustenance. Most fungus species are not harmful to humans; however, some forms of mold and mildew can cause several health problems and can be a major obstacle to maintaining good indoor air quality. Black mold is one of the worst molds, it can contribute to respiratory problems or aggravate asthma symptoms. Children and pets are especially sensitive to mold spores or mildew which can result in persistent coughing, fever, or allergic reactions.
There are several ways that you can do to help in reducing their growth. Here are a few of examples.
- Purchase a whole-house dehumidifier, this will help to balance the humidity in your home. If a room in your home has ever been flooded or contains excess moisture, such as a bathroom; consider purchasing a portable dehumidifier to quickly remove moisture from the environment.
- When cooking or taking a shower use an exhaust fan to immediately remove condensation as it is produced before it has the opportunity to cause mold and mildew problems.
- Always repair any plumbing leaks or damaged roof areas immediately to avoid water damage problems that can lead to mold and mildew.
We at ServiceMaster Restoration by the Griffin Company hope that this information was helpful. When a mold issue arises that is out of control or water damage create an environment for mold to grow, remember that we are experts in these areas. We are local to Mobile, Saraland, Theodore, Semmes, Daphne, Fairhope, Spanish Fort, Point Clear, Robertsdale, Loxley, Foley, Elberta, Gulf Shores, and Ocean Beach Alabama and surrounding areas. We can eliminate your mold problem and make repairs to your home caused by water damage. Please visit our website at www.servicemasternow.com to learn more about all the services we offer. http://www.servicemasternow.com