Historic Weather Means Unprecedented Mold: Don't Assume You're Immune


Are you living in one of the areas of this nation that has been seeing record rain this summer? Summer isn't normally the time you would expect to see drenching rains, but 2015 weather has proved to be an anomaly. The country received more rain in May than in the past 121 years. June brought historic rainfall to 21 areas across the United States. And July is lining up to be more of the same. In fact, 14 cities in California got more rain than they have ever experienced in July--in just one weekend. At the same time, 2015 is bringing record warm temperatures with all that rain. All of this gives mold historically favorable conditions under which to flourish in homes all over the country. That means you need to be vigilant to look for its appearance in your home--even if you think your house isn't at risk.

Unexpected mold

You may think mold won't grow in your home unless you've had a flood or a leaky roof. That's not true. In fact, mold may appear in the following places simply due to warm, wet weather:

  • Inside walls where pipes are located. Dirt, dust, and moisture combine to create black mold.

  • Air conditioning ducts. Unless you run your AC every day during warm weather, mold can grow in the humid ducts and dust pans, where dust and pollen collect.

  • Entryway carpet pad. Think of all the times you, your family, and your pets come in soggy after a rainstorm; every time moisture gets into the carpet pad there is potential for mold growth.

Signs of mold

If you see areas of black splotchy marks on your walls, doors, or floor, you know you're dealing with mold. But what if mold has arisen in places you can't see? Here are some ways to detect hidden mold in your home.

  1. Damp, moldy smell. You may notice that a particular area in your house just doesn't smell right. This could be a closet, laundry room, or bedroom. Even though the area is clean, it doesn't smell clean.

  2. Allergies. If suddenly you or someone else in your home develops allergies, you might have hidden mold. Sneezing, coughing, difficulty breathing, and runny noses that don't go away could be a sign that there is mold growing somewhere in your house.

  3. Water problems. Do you have any areas in your house that always seem to be wet? Mold is likely there, behind the area that is wet. Perhaps the bottom of your sink cabinet is always damp, or a closet wall feels damp.

Don't ignore warning signs

Mold won't go away on its own, so ignoring it or hoping it will just "dry up" only allows the problem to worsen. The record-breaking summer weather in this country means that even if you have never experienced a mold problem before, you very well could this year. Check your home regularly for leaks, damp areas, and moldy smells. If you have a dripping pipe under a kitchen or bathroom sink, repair it and replace the sink cabinet if necessary. Have your AC serviced; mold remediation services are available so that you can rest assured that you are breathing clean air.

If you find an area in your home that has experienced water damage during wet weather, you may need to call a company that specializes in water removal, especially if moisture has accumulated and will not drain despite your best efforts. This is the only way to guarantee a safe, healthy home environment for you and your family.

Record rainfall and warm temperatures mean unprecedented cases of mold will pop up in homes all over the country. Don't assume your house is immune. Check out the site for more information. 



28 July 2015

Fixing Your House While Preserving The Artifacts

When you are in the middle of trying to renovate your space, you might be tempted to remove that dated crown molding or trash those antique faucets. After all, since you want your space to look new and minimalistic, who needs that hand-carved ceiling panel or that ornate archway? Unfortunately, if you make the wrong choices, you might end up throwing away valuable or irreplaceable materials. To help you to avoid this mistake, my blog is filled with ideas for how to fix up your home or business without damaging remaining artifacts. By protecting the natural design, you might be able to create a unique space that you will treasure forever.