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How do you deal with mold in a property?

As you may know, the impact of mold can be profound. It sets in as a result of uncontrolled moisture incursion, because of high humidity or as a result of other issues in the home or other kind of property.

Mold can start growing in as little as 24 hours, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Additionally, that mold could be dangerous for those living in the property or using the property as an office later on.

What are some causes of mold growth during construction?

Mold growth during construction may be a result of:

  • Procedural issues, such as continuing to build when moisture is obvious
  • Product issues, like wood with sap-stain molds
  • Design issues that allow moisture to impact the interior of a structure
  • Site issues, like water buildup in a basement, inadequate building protections and other problems

With the right information and education, site, product and procedural problems can be seen immediately and addressed to prevent mold from growing. Construction defects that result in moisture coming into a structure should be documented and addressed immediately.

Did you know that mold can be damaging to your health?

Whether you're a contractor working on a structure or a homeowner living there, mold poses a threat to your health in some cases. Certain kinds of mold can cause irritation in the throat, eye irritation, skin irritation, nasal stuffiness, wheezing and coughing, among other symptoms. Damp indoor environments could be linked to upper respiratory symptoms in healthy and asthmatic people. It's been suggested that there is a potential link between early mold exposure and the development of asthma in some children.

Controlling mold is possible

To control mold, it's important to make sure humidity levels are maintained in a structure. Leaky roofing, windows or piping need to be repaired as soon as possible. If a home or property floods, as some are prone to do in Florida, then it's necessary to thoroughly clean the home and dry it afterward. Good ventilation can also reduce the likelihood of mold growing on or in the structure.

Cleaning up the mold isn't enough. The cause of the mold growth must be addressed to prevent mold from coming back. Contractors should also look for hidden molds after realizing that there is mold growth on or in the structure, which may be spreading behind drywall or in other areas that are more difficult to see. Only by taking these steps can the mold be eliminated and the cause of the mold be removed.

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