Does someone in your family suffer from itchy, red, or watery eyes during certain times of the year? Or perhaps they have a recurring cough, sneezing, or nasal congestion. That may not be a cold virus, but rather an allergy. If it happens when the house is closed during the winter months, or if you see signs of it starting in the fall, it may be a mold allergy. Dampness, trapped by fallen leaves, may activate mold spores in the fall. Closing bedroom windows at night may help. In the winter, mold may be caused by leaky pipes or groundwater seeping into the basement. The water becomes trapped beneath carpeting or is absorbed into drywall or other building materials. This provides the two elements necessary for mold growth: Relative warmth and food for growth. Mold may be easy to smell, but hard to find. That’s why a professional mold removal service like ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is your best solution.
Physicians at Mayo Clinic warn against household mold, not simply because of the initial symptoms, but also because the spores can trigger asthma attacks, chronic fungal sinusitis (often confused with colds), and a lung condition called aspergillosis. This fungal condition can happen to people with asthma or cystic fibrosis. None of this is good, but all of it can be prevented. It helps to frequently change your furnace filters and to use a dehumidifier and/or air conditioner to eliminate damp air. Get rid of items that can easily collect mold, such as stored paper products, old newspapers and magazines, or old books that may have gotten wet at one time. It’s also wise to avoid carpeting altogether in basements or sub-ground rooms. Replace it with tile that can be readily cleaned and inspected.
If you have had any kind of leak or water damage in the lower levels of your home, you probably have mold present in the house. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca will be able to locate mold of any kind and take action to remove it. We’ll can also advise you on what steps to take to prevent it from coming back. That may include improving your groundwater drainage in your yard or repairing foundation cracks. You owe it to your family and to your investment in your home to keep your house free from mold. In Mankato, Waseca and surrounding communities, call us for mold removal and confidence that you have a healthy home.