4 Signs of Mold After A Storm
If you have lived in Arizona for at least one summer you have likely become well aware of our Monsoon storms. Between the drenching rains, indoor & outdoor flooding, and high winds often resulting in haboobs, your home can be left with leaks and other issues that may contribute to the growth of mold and poor air quality.
Often times as homeowners we don't realize the amount of damage until days or weeks after a storm. Many times it won't be until you begin to smell that musty, moldy, smell that you understand it is time to deal with the issue. If you wait to long you may face structural damage or even worse, health issues.
Sunshine Restoration is the mold and water damage professionals that can help you identify and fix water damage issues. We are committed to keeping your family happy and healthy. View these signs of mold after our next summer storm:
You See Visible Mold
If you see mold, then you clearly have a mold issue. If you see water stains, you probably have a mold issue as well. The next question you should ask yourself is just how big the problem it is. Mold is often hidden, growing on the back sides of walls and sheetrock, and under carpets and floorboards, the only way to be sure is to have a mold inspection performed by a certified professional.
You Smell the "Musty" Mold Odor
But what about the mold you cannot see? Musty odors usually point to mold, and mold causes poor indoor air quality. Sunshine Restoration can test to see where the odor is coming from so that you can remediate with confidence, and don’t miss any hidden sources or spots. Summer months are particularly prone to mold growth as high humidity and heat accelerate the proliferation of this mold spores.
You Feel Poor Health Wise
If you are having physical symptoms such as itchy eyes, cough or wheezing that occur in one location of the premises that clear up when you are elsewhere, it’s a sure bet that the location is harboring mold. If you have any of the following unexplained symptoms, they may be caused by mold exposure and poor indoor air quality. In that case, you should have a mold and indoor air quality test.
Runny or stuffy nose
Itchy eyes, nose and throat
Cough and postnasal drip
Structural Damage Can Cause Mold
If a storm caused a leak from your foundation walls or your roof into your basement, mold is sure to follow. It’s important to test for mold because when the next storm hits, the structural issue that allowed water intrusion will likely occur again if it is not repaired. Mold can eat away at wood structure, floorboards, and sheetrock, leaving them susceptible to decay. If not treated as soon as possible you run the risk of more and more damage to your home.
Hire Trustworthy Professionals
We recommend not hiring a firm that does both mold testing and mold remediation. The reason for this is there is often a conflict of interest with a company that does both. There are times a company can make a mold problem seem much larger with a desire of getting the remediation job.
Sunshine Restoration brings in a third party to test for the mold to identify all locations, and then takes over the remediation process to ensure that your needs are well taken care of.
If you have recently found some of these signs in your Arizona home contact the professionals at Sunshine Restoration today! The faster we can get their the less of a risk you have for damage to your home.