If you have mold in your home, you may be tempted to leave it to grow, or you may be tempted to simply try to brush it away, because you think that this is the cheapest solution. However, mold remediation is a much better strategy if you want to avoid the serious consequences of mold growth. Here is some information about what might happen if you do not invest in professional mold remediation when you have the chance.

Bad odors

Mold growth can cause an unpleasant, musty smell in any room where the growth is present. The greater the extent of the growth, the more pervasive the smell is likely to be. When mold covers an extensive area, there are likely to be a higher number of airborne mold spores, and these spores are partially responsible for the smell that you notice. As well as taking steps to reduce the levels of airborne spores in the air, a mold remediation expert will also take steps to remove any lingering traces of the scent. Whilst some techniques only cover up bad odors, these experts use techniques which extract the odor permanently.

Health complaints

Toxic mold growth is responsible for a number of serious health complaints, including shortness of breath, breathing irregularities, skin irritation, nausea, sickness, diarrhoea, sneezing, coughing, wheezing and other allergy symptoms. Young children, vulnerable adults and the elderly are most at risk of suffering serious health consequences following exposure to toxic mold, so it is very important that you take proper mold remediation steps if your household includes any of these key groups. As well as affecting human inhabitants, cats, dogs and other pets may also be susceptible to the potential effects of toxic mold inhalation. The sooner you begin mold remediation efforts after you discover mold growth in your home, the less likely you are to experience negative health effects. Remediation should help to reduce the levels of mold spores in the air to a level which is more acceptable, although it is unlikely to make your rooms completely free from spores, as low levels of spores are almost always present.

Rampant Decay

In order to continue growing, mold and other types of fungus must feed on organic materials. Feeding on these materials will normally continue to weaken them until they reach a point of eventual collapse. Many surfaces contain some organic matter, even if they are not solely made of organic matter. If mold feeds on these surfaces, the surfaces may not collapse completely, but lowering their integrity in this way can make them structurally unstable. Whilst the decay of some items may be without consequence, if the material which is decaying is part of an important structure, the decay could have dangerous consequences. Not only could the structure collapse and injure someone, but the collapse could also release millions of mold spores into the air. It is very important to start mold remediation efforts before mold growth is allowed to reach the extent where it causes serious delay.

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