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How Can I Tell if I Have a Mold Infestation? | SERVPRO of Blount County

10/2/2023 (Permalink)

dark colored mold infestation on a white wall Is there mold in your space? Call SERVPRO of Blount County to remedy that problem fast!

No one wants to think about the possibility of discovering a mold infestation at their home or business. Besides the fact that it is just downright unpleasant, it can actually be a health hazard to your family and a danger to your home’s structural integrity.

Mold can be tricky to track down at times because it usually doesn’t grow in high-traffic areas. If it starts to grow behind your walls or floods, it can silently spread to an entire room without much forewarning. By knowing more about what mold looks like and smells like, you can follow your senses to track down the problem before it gets worse.

Mold Characteristics

Mold spores are virtually everywhere, but it doesn’t just grow everywhere. The conditions have to be right for an infestation to take place. These infestations usually occur in damp, dark areas like basements, attics or behind walls. If it is not caught in time, it can spread rapidly in as little as 48 hours.

Mold can also be any color of the rainbow! Common colors for mold are black, brown, red and even blue. Mold also smells musty or earthly. If you catch a whiff of something similar to damp dirt, it’s time to do some investigating.

Preventing a Mold Infestation

The key to controlling mold in your home is to keep it as dry as possible. All homes need to maintain a certain level of humidity, but anything over 50% humidity in your home can cause lingering moisture, which could encourage mold growth. You should also keep a fan going or open a window in high-humidity spaces like bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. Circulating air helps prevent moisture from building up over time.

It is also imperative that you tackle any sort of water damage in your home quickly. A single water leak from a broken pipe or roof damage can easily invite water to leak and seep throughout your home. Once it has spread under your floors and behind your walls, it is really hard to dry out and mold can start to grow at any point.

How We Can Help

If you come upon a mold problem in your home, the best thing to do is to leave it and call us right away. We can come out to your house to assess the mold, determine what type it is, and then formulate our restoration plan that will keep everyone safe while we work.

We will also help fix whatever leaked in order to prevent this from happening again! Once the leak has been controlled, we will clean and sanitize the entire area and employ our deodorizers to make sure that musty smell has been eliminated.

If the mold has been growing for a while, structural damages might need to be addressed as well. We can handle floor replacements, new walls or full reconstructions of parts of your home. When it comes to mold restoration, SERVPRO of Blount County is the team for you!

Are you dealing with a stubborn mold problem? Call SERVPRO of Blount County for assistance.

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