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How to Spot Mold and Keep Your Home's Air Safe

Keeping your home dry is more than a matter of comfort. A perpetually-damp home is a moldy home, and mold can cause a number of unpleasant health effects for you and your family. With the answers to these common questions, you will be able to identify mold and stopts spread.

How Does Mold Grow?

Mold is a fungus that will grow just about anywhere that is damp. It is widely present in the outdoors, and can be easily brought indoors by people or pets. Once you have mold in your home, however, you e to provide it with a specific environment in order for it to grow. As the mold spores drop off your shoes or clothing, they will either die or survive. Mold tends to accumulate in warm, moist places. If the mold is not removed, it will continue to grow and spread.

Where Can I Find Mold in My Home?

The rooms in your home that are typically damp, such as your kitchen or bathroom, are likely places to look for mold. You may think of mildew accumulating in a damp towel or wet winter clothing left on the floor, but the problem may actually be much more pernicious. A leaking pipe in your plumbing at the back of your kitchen cabinets could slowly soak the cabinetry and the walls behind it enough to create a living space for mold. If you encounter significant water damage from flooding, you may face mold growth in any part of the permanent structure that is not properly dried and disinfected.

What Does Mold Look Like?

The mold growing on food at the back of your fridge is a good picture to have in your mind for the mold that might be accumulating in other parts of your home. Mildew, which is similar to mold, looks white or grey. Mold tends to turn blue, green or black, by comparison. Look near your baseboards, under your kitchen sink and behind fixtures in your bathroom. If you see colorful, fuzzy patches, chances are fairly likely that you have more mold growing in the areas you cannot see. If you do not observe signs of mold, but you have common symptoms of mold such as increased respiratory problems, you should evaluate your home.

How Can I Get Rid of Mold?

With any pest invading your home, the best defense is a good offense. Use the ventilation in the kitchen and the bathroom  every time you are running water or turning on the stove. Clean up after soggy messes or spills, ensuring that your floor and interior walls are kept dry. If you suffer water damage at any point, request prompt service to dry your walls and flooring. When mold does become a problem despite your best efforts, treat it straightaway with mold remediation services.

Mold is the last resident you want to have in your home. With mold remediation, your Wausau home will be cleaner and healthier.

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