One of the most common problems property owners can find themselves dealing with, is mold accumulation. This is especially troubling for homeowners, not only because it is unsightly and smells bad, but because it also presents a health risk also. Columbia, Missouri residents are all too familiar with the problem, as the Cityâ€™s humid climate makes it prime candidate for mold to set up shop.
Water damage is the biggest culprit when it comes to mold buildup in the property. It doesnâ€™t matter if the water comes from a flood originating from inside or outside the structure, when left unattended it soon becomes a menace. Moisture can seep inside walls and saturate the drywall. Not only is the drywall now ruined, it becomes a breeding ground for mold. Mold can also occur anywhere in the property where there is dampness, like showers and bathroom walls. Similarly, mold can occur in the kitchen around the sink and in cabinets where moisture is allowed to accumulate.
Determining whether or not you have a mold problem isnâ€™t that difficult. If you see the formation of that black mold in corners or on walls, youâ€™ll know. Even people out in the well maintained neighborhoods of Jefferson City, Missouri are not immune to this menace. All it takes is one leaky pipe and your normally immaculately-kept home will be under attack in no time.
Sometimes mold can occur in places that arenâ€™t normally in view, like under a mat or rug. In such cases, the infected item should be thrown away. Never try to salvage it. At least without professional guidance.
Mold can present a health hazard, so if you donâ€™t know what youâ€™re doing it is a good idea to hire a trained professional to remove the mold from your home. But, first you should educate yourself in mold and health facts, so that you do not subject yourself to any unnecessary health risks, or over exaggeration of damage and repair cost by operators who sense your lack of knowledge.
Exposure to mold can aggravate existing maladies like sinus conditions or allergies. It can also cause sneezing and throat irritation and induce coughing. It can also cause skin irritation if allowed to come into contact with the skin. However, if you have a weakened immune system, the effects from mold can be far more serious. For example, people with lung disease could easily become infected and, therefore, should stay away from mold infested areas.
If you do decide to remove the mold yourself, there are some precautions you should observe before attempting mold remediation. First off, always wear protective rubber gloves to both, keep the mold from getting on your hands, and to protect your hands from the harsh chemicals that will be necessary for mold remediation.
But whatever you do, never, ever, mix bleach and ammonia together. The resulting combination is a toxic mix that can cause serious damage if inhaled. Your local supply store can suggest a number of products specifically tailored for mold removal, so consult with him first. In addition, open all windows and doors leading into the affected area. Youâ€™ll want the area to be well ventilated before you begin. You may also want to wear a face mask to prevent vapors from going up your nostrils, and goggles to protect your eyes.
Lastly, people who live in low-lying areas that are prone to flooding like Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri should pay particular attention to the mold problem and how it can be prevented. However, should your home become inundated with water during flooding originating from the outside, it is almost impossible to prevent a mass mold buildup, especially if wet structural materials are left un-treated. In that case, your only recourse is to hire a professional.
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