Mold spores constantly circulate the air around us as they are a natural part of our environment. However, for mold spores to settle and grow in properties, there need to be certain environmental conditions. These conditions include inadequate ventilation, organic material present, and, most importantly, excess humidity. When properties have high humidity, mold growth is inevitable. If your property has too much humid, stuffy air and a distinctive odour of mold, contact Inch By Inch for mold removal in Burlington. From air quality testing to mold removal, our IICRC-certified technicians will help you manage your indoor mold levels so your residential or commercial property is contaminant-free.
Learn about the link between humidity and mold infestations.
How to Detect Mold
When it comes to mold in your property, there are a couple of ways to detect a looming or lingering infestation. For one, keep an eye out for visible growth. If there are spots or dark patterns on the corner of your walls, ceiling, or underneath carpeting and floorboards. In the instance that you spot a distinct pattern of mold growth, contact Inch By Inch Inspections for mold removal in Burlington. Aside from visible signs of mold, keep note of any pungent odours in your property. Mold has a notoriously earthy and specific smell, that is typically a surefire sign of an infestation.
How to Gauge Problems with Humidity Levels
If you suspect that your property has high humidity, conducting air quality testing is an excellent way to tell if your home has excessive moisture and any other contaminants lingering in the air. For detecting humidity levels on your own, invest in a hygrometer. A hygrometer will tell you the moisture levels in your property; if it’s above 50%, mold may be prevalent. Another way to know if humidity is at an all-time high is through condensation. If you notice condensation around windows, walls, and doors, it’s caused by poor sealing and humid air settling in your property. Excessive humidity will lead to widespread mold infestations.
The Dangers of Mold Infestation
Mold infestations may result in widespread structural damage, wood rot, and negative health problems. If mold is left to linger on an organic material, like wood, it will eat away at the wood, causing deterioration. For those exposed to mold, even if it’s just a short time, it may result in congestion, wheezing, shortness of breath, and headaches. Those with increased sensitivity to mold may experience migraines, fatigue, skin irritation, and eye irritation. If you notice a sudden change in your health that matches cold-like symptoms, contact Inch By Inch Inspections for air quality testing. If we detect contaminants and pollutants in the air of your property, like mold, we’ll implement a strategic action plan to eradicate it from your property.
How to Minimize Future Mold Infestations
To minimize future mold infestations, keep your home dry and maintain proper ventilation throughout the property. Investing in a dehumidifier will ensure that your property maintains low humidity levels. Ventilation will keep fresh air flowing throughout, preventing the air from becoming stagnant. Mold can also appear due to water damage, so inspect your property for potential leaks and water infiltration.
For comprehensive air quality testing and mold remediation services, contact Inch By Inch Inspections today.