Are you smelling musty odors? Have you stumbled upon black, dirty spots in your home? Do you have a family member whose allergies seem to be getting worse? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may be dealing with a mold issue. Before you start to panic, don’t worry. The mold remediation companies in Tampa, like Dririte, are prepared to restore your home to its healthier, more livable condition.
How Mold Affects You and Your Home
The first thing you need to know is that mold is common. Just look in a bathroom, and you will likely find mold in the grout between the tiles or in the shower caulk. But, just because mold is common doesn’t mean you need to allow it to continue to grow in your home. Just as you would remove moldy eyesores from your bathroom, you will want to remove mold from other visible areas in your home.
The bigger issue is that some types of mold are more dangerous than others. For example, some mold produces health-threatening mycotoxins. According to the EPA, “Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing.” This is because molds produce allergens and even toxic substances. That’s why humans have allergic reactions to mold growth in homes, such as runny noses, red eyes, sneezing, and skin rashes.
Mold thrives in moist conditions, so if your home has experienced water damage, mold is a potential secondary issue. As mold is exposed to moisture, it grows. As it grows, your home will smell worse, and if you are sensitive, your health will decline.
Why You Need to Take Action if You See Mold
Since mold can cause many health effects, the CDC recommends removing the mold – no matter the type. Not only do you want to protect yourself and your family members from the health effects of mold, but if you allow mold to continue to grow, you will cause more damage to the home. And more damage means more money will be spent having to correct it in the future – especially if you want to sell your home one day.
Why You Need to Do Mold Testing If You Smell Mold but Don’t See It
While visible mold does not necessarily require mold testing, there are many times when mold testing is absolutely necessary. For instance, if you smell a musty or damp scent in your home. Our sense of smell does not work like the sense of sight. We may sense where a smell is coming from, but we may not actually be able to see any mold. This is where hiring a professional to do mold testing is imperative.
Mold Testing Professionals See What You Don’t See
In addition, professionals know where to look for potential mold issues. A restoration professional will pay careful attention to plumbing and areas that have experienced water damage. This is also a reason why you shouldn’t rely on at-home mold testing kits. Without professional knowledge, you may not know where the mold is located or how serious it is. However, a professional will know where to look and what to look for.
Mold Testing Professionals Know How to Interpret the Results
The mold testing St. Petersburg FL professionals at Dririte have been certified as mold assessors and hold a Florida State Mold License. This means they have the knowledge and certifications that ensure they know how to interpret the results of mold testing. They also monitor the progress daily using a variety of tools, including moisture readings, digital photos, infrared images, to provide the client with an accurate written report about the results of their mold testing and remediation.
Mold Testing Results Help with Insurance Claims
You may also need mold testing when filing an insurance claim. This depends on whether or not your homeowner’s policy covers mold that occurs due to certain events. Typically, mold will only be covered if it is the direct result of a water damage incident that is also covered. However, some insurance companies will still fight homeowners over covering mold remediation. In this case, it is helpful to have mold testing Tampa professionals provide an accurate report. Likewise, when Dririte identifies a structural problem leading water damage which resulted in mold issues, they provide the proof you need to enforce payment for your losses from contractors.
Mold Testing Helps Identify Possible Sources of Moisture and Reasons for Mold
Most importantly, mold testing helps identify the possible sources of moisture that may be the reason for mold growth in your home. Without identifying the cause, you will not solve the mold problem in your home.
The way to address mold growth is to control the moisture inside your home. If there is mold in your home, you must address the mold issue and work to identify what is causing the moisture. The EPA explains, “If you clean up the mold, but don’t fix the water problem, then, most likely, the mold problem will come back.”
Damage restoration professionals with mold testing knowledge will not simply be looking for mold; they will be looking for what is causing the mold to grow and advising you on how to correct the issue.