Every home in Olympia, WA and every other part of the world has some mold growth. Mold spores are everywhere, and even the best air filter in the world can’t completely clean them out of a room. Fortunately, they don’t have to: a normal concentration of mold spores is completely harmless and a few patches of mold behind walls or ceiling tiles won’t do anything to the house’s resale value. However, leaky pipes and groundwater leaks can cause spikes in mold growth, and these spikes can lead to property damage, bad smells, and bad air.
It All Starts With Water
Mold can grow on just about any surface thanks to its ability to find nutrients anywhere and the variety of species that can appear in different places. However, while spores can go for years without water, they require water to start growing and spreading. All they need is a small leak in a wall, roof, or pipe to get started, and in some cases, they can even use the condensation that forms on a cold pipe during a humid summer day. With that, mold patches will grow and start releasing billions of spores into the air.
Mold Is Hard To Spot
Mold likes to grow in places that are cool, damp, and dark. People like to live where it’s sunny and warm, and we also have trouble looking into the nooks and crannies where mold can hide unnoticed for years. Mold infestations can become easier to spot as they spread into visible areas and their mildew smell grows, but by this point, the mold is already a significant problem. That’s why many homeowners in Olympia, WA have mold experts inspect their property for signs of mold before too much can build up.
You Can Prevent Mold Growth
If you happen to spot a leak before mold has the chance to grow, there are steps you can take to prevent it from taking root.
- Stop the water that’s coming in or it will undo everything you do next.
- Remove the excess water. That means draining any sort of puddle with a mop or a wet vacuum and squeezing the water out of fabrics, carpets, walls, and whatever else the leak got on. You should then dry everything quickly, which means using heat and fans.
- Steam clean everything you possibly can, including clothing, carpets, and anything covered in fabric upholstery or sheets. If mold has a chance to colonize a couch or carpet, there’s a good chance you’ll have to replace it.
- Sanitize the areas you can’t steam clean using soap and a chlorine-based cleaner. Remember to wear protective gloves and a facemask when you use hazardous chemicals, and never combine ammonia with bleach.
If your mold problem is more serious or you don’t get to it fast enough, you should call in a professional mold remediation team to deal with the problem. Their expertise lets them tackle difficult mold infestations and they know whether a piece of furniture is beyond saving or not. Mold can actively harm your health, so make sure you keep it low in your Olympia, WA home.