Professional Mold Remediation Services in Houston, TX
If there’s one thing we know well in Houston, it’s how humid the air always is. If there’s another, it’s how frequently bad weather can impact our homes. From attic to foundation, all areas of your home are susceptible to mold growth and proliferation – and it only takes 48 hours of unresolved water damage for mold to set in.
At Air Quality Express, we take our mold remediation services seriously. That’s why we provide the information you need to know why mold remediation is important, and how to identify potential mold growth in your home.
Why Do I Need Mold Remediation?
You always hear about the dangers of mold, but do you know why mold remediation in your home is so important?
Mold Can Trigger Allergy-Like Symptoms
Even if you aren’t usually prone to allergies, mold can trigger allergy-like symptoms, including wheezing, a stuffy nose, headaches, and itchy eyes and skin. Heavy exposure can cause severe reactions, including fever or shortness of breath.
Mold Can Lead to Asthma Development in Children
In 2012, the National Institutes of Health released the results of a study in which a team observed dust samples in 289 homes with infants, and then tested the children at age 7 for asthma. They found that 69 of the children, or 24%, had developed asthma. The level of mold in the home was determined by the Environmental Relative Moldiness Index (ERMI), which determines the saturation of mold in a home; a high ERMI score is associated with as high as an 80% risk of asthma development in children. The mold species most associated with asthma development are Aspergillus ochraceus, Aspergillus unguis and Penicillium variabile.
Mold Can Cause Costly Structural Damage
According to the EPA, because mold feeds off of the cellulose present in many building materials, mold left unchecked can weaken the structural integrity of a home. Not only does this decrease the property value of your home, but mold damage can lead to ceiling collapse and other structural damage over time. Should mold colonies grow unabated in your air ducts, you may end up having to replace your entire HVAC system to prevent your air conditioning from regularly spewing mold spores all over your home.
How to Tell if You Have Mold in Your House
So how do you tell if you have mold growth in your home? Thankfully, the signs are rather easy to notice. They include:
Visible Mold Growth
The most obvious way to determine if you have mold in your home is by the presence of dark grey or black spore patterns in your floor, walls, ceiling, upholstery of your furniture, or any other location; this is where mold spores have landed and started developing new colonies.
A musty, pungent, dank odor in a room is a strong indication of mold proliferation; this well-known smell is caused by microbial volatile organic compounds, or MVOCs, which are a byproduct of mold’s digestion, growth, or reproduction. While the scent is one of the most common indicators of mold, it cannot be solely relied on to identify the worst mold damage, as mold produces less MVOCs and more spores during its reproductive cycle.
If a pipe bursts, sewer line backs up, or water intrudes through a crack in the wall, you can be sure that mold will quickly follow. Mold is attracted to moist surfaces, and can take only 48 hours to start developing colonies; so even if you fix the source of the leak, you’ll likely find mold everywhere along its route.
Unexplained Allergy-Like Symptoms
Are you experiencing a cough, sore throat, or itchy skin even outside of allergy season? It’s possible you have a mold infestation you can’t see or smell, and the invisible mold spores are triggering a latent mold sensitivity.
History of Flooding
Flooding is a frequent reality on the Gulf Coast – and if your home has a history of flooding, hidden mold colonies are practically guaranteed, even if another company has performed mold remediation in the past.
Soft or Squishy Walls and Floors
While mold does not cause wood rot itself, the indoor environmental conditions for mold proliferation are just as inviting to the fungi that causes rot and decay. Unfortunately, by the time you encounter a spongy surface in your home, you will need to replace that surface; but you need to be sure to eradicate any neighboring mold colonies as well.
What to Do About Mold Growth in Your Home
If you suspect you may have mold growth in your home that requires our professional mold remediation services, give Air Quality Express a call at (832) 781-0105. Our licensed technicians will conduct thorough mold inspection and testing, and will schedule mold removal and damage repair to save you and your home from further mold growth.