For a state that is as prone to severe storms and other disagreeable weather as Florida, the threat of mold remains very real throughout much of the year. Once mold gets a foothold in the home, it is there to stay until significant steps are taken to remove it and treat the area in order to prevent it from returning.
Mold growth creates a fairly nasty environment, with a musty smell, ugly discoloration on affected surfaces, and worst of all, a serious threat to the health of everyone living in the home. Mold can produce health problems ranging from mild allergic reactions and skin irritations, to more serious problems such as lung disease and neurological disorders. Those with compromised immune systems may be at additional risk for mold related health issues.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have your home tested for mold. Mold gives itself away through appearance and smell, so if you suspect that you have a mold problem, chances are that you probably do.
Mold should ideally be caught early to prevent it from spreading, and you can do this through a little judicious inspection of your home or business, looking for signs of water damage or the beginnings of mold growth. It is usually instantly identifiable through discolorations on walls or piping. Any signs of leaks or flooding should be repaired as it is discovered.
Wet carpeting should be dealt with promptly in order to prevent mold from growing. Carpet has the ability to absorb a lot of water, and will keep it absorbed until it is forcibly extracted. Granted, it may dry over time, but not before mold has ample opportunity to set in and begin doing what it does best. Carpeting may have to be taken up in order to properly dry out and treat the flooring beneath.
A lot of homes in Florida have humidity problems, as in too much humidity. For this reason, dehumidifiers should be installed in the home and run on a regular basis to keep moisture levels in check. It doesn’t always take water damage, a simple abundance of humidity may result in mold problems.