Mold Damage and What it Means for Your Home

Mold can be found in a variety of places in our everyday world: our food and drink, such as bread, beer, and cheese, as well as in nature as pests that impair the growth and health of our trees and other plants. Mold is normally found in moist areas and can wreck havoc on whatever it decides to grow on, including our homes. Whether it be from flooding caused by a natural disaster, a broken water line, or another cause, water damage becomes the perfect environment for mold to grow and thrive.

Black mold can not only destroy one’s home, but it can be incredibly dangerous to anyone who lives in its vicinity. Mold affects not only the structural integrity of a building, but also the health of those who frequent that building. The health of those who come into contact with these molds may deal with allergies, but also have side effects that if not treated, could become deadly.   

Structural Effects

Mold affects anything it begins to grow on, and as some have experienced, with eating a piece of bread that has been picked “clean” of mold and yet still tastes moldy, the effects of mold can go beyond what the human eye can see. When mold invades a building, it compromises the building’s structure because mold feeds off of everything that it grows on and slowly breaks down materials such as walls, insulation, paper backing, carpeting, and other materials. Mold damage not only affects your home’s structure, but it can also ruin your personal items within your home. Unfortunately, if the mold is not removed, it will continue to destroy your home or business causing the need for extensive renovation and the replacement of large systems, such as your HVAC.

Health Effects

Though the effects of mold on your building’s structure can cause a great amount of damage and cost you or your business a great deal, that does not even compare to the effects that mold, if allowed to grow, can have on one’s health. Though mold commonly grows in any building, if not addressed and removed, and thus, allowed to flourish, the mold will cause annoyance to the those who frequent the building in the form of allergy flareups and respiratory irritations. Black mold, on the other hand, can have great effect on the health of those exposed to it. The effect of black mold can range anywhere from respiratory problems, such as chronic coughing, sneezing, and eye irritation to more serious problems, such as pulmonary hemorrhage, memory loss, infection, and pneumonia. Though, according to the CDC, black mold has not been proven to kill humans, it has been linked to serious health issues.

When to Look For Mold

Mold and the damage that it causes can not only be incredibly costly, but also dangerous. Whenever you think that you may have incurred water damage, you should inspect your home for signs of mold. Water damage can come as a result of leaky pipes, insufficiently sealed windows, insecure kitchen or bathroom wall tiles, and clogged drains to flood damage associated with natural disasters, and catastrophic plumbing problems.

How to Spot Mold

Though you should be on the lookout for mold after a flood or plumbing problem, if you start seeing these signs mentioned below, you may have water and mold damage and should begin looking for the root of the problem.

  • Visible mold
  • Water stains
  • Discoloration
  • Musty smell
  • Areas with standing water

If you are concerned about water or mold damage and feel that you may be in need of assistance, be sure to contact your local mold removal specialists. They will be able to perform a mold test to assess the situation and advise you as to the next steps you must take to rid your home or business of mold. Sometimes, a quick fix can solve the problem, while other times a more complicated mold removal and renovation is needed.

Do Not Wait!

Regardless, if you feel that you may be in need of mold removal, do not wait! Though having to deal with mold removal can be annoying and sometimes costly, the consequences of waiting to fix the issue will cause the money needed to fix the damage to exponentially increase and could seriously affect your health.

Need Mold Removal or Testing?

Do you live in the West Michigan area and are in need of mold removal? Contact Disaster Response! We are professionally trained, licensed, and insured to handle any and all mold damage that you may have in your home or business. We strive to give our clients a hassle-free experience, always putting your needs first and giving you an accurate estimate for the work that needs to be done. When you hire us, we also strive to prevent further mold damage, so once the mold is gone, it’s gone. To learn more about us and the mold removal services we offer, visit our website and contact us!

Hire Us for All Your Restoration Needs

Disaster Response also offers water and fire damage renovation, as well as handyman and fire restoration services to the West Michigan area. We also specialize in creating disaster plans for your home and business. We want to help you be prepared for the next natural disaster that might hit your home or business. Learn more about us and contact us for a free estimate!

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