The Dangers of Household Mold (And What to Do if You Have It)

The Dangers of Household Mold (And What to Do if You Have It)

September 23, 2015

Mold is extremely common and can be found in many of today’s homes—even new homes. The growth of mold is something that will only get worse over time if left unaddressed, and the indoor air quality-associated health issues that can come along with living in a mold-ridden household are nothing short of scary.

New Jersey homeowners owe it to themselves to ensure that mold doesn’t present an issue, and the first step is to understand how to identify whether or not a problem exists.

Common Signs of Mold Issues

Mold can present itself in a number of different ways. At its simplest, you’ll actually be able to see mold on visible surfaces throughout your home. This is especially common in unconditioned parts of the home, such as basements and crawlspaces. Mold can also be detectable by the dank, musty smell it often gives off, which is an indication that you definitely have a problem on your hands. It’s also important to notice whether or not you’ve been having ongoing water issues in your basement or crawlspace, as this can serve as a breeding ground for mold.

Another sign that you might have mold issues is the emergence of respiratory symptoms in your family and your family's pets. Mold can affect anyone. Particularily anyone with allergies, asthma, respiratory issues, and those with suppressed immune systems.

What to Do if You Think You Have Mold

The most important thing to realize about mold is that it’s not the type of thing that is going to go away on its own. Mold can thrive in any room in your house if the conditions permit, and unless these issues are diagnosed and corrected by a mold remeditation specialist, you can only expect your mold problems to get worse. At BluePlanet, we have extensive knowledge in mold testing and remediation.

Our talented team of home performance experts will test and prepare your home for whatever remediation, modifications, and repairs may be needed. This may include HEPA filtration and vacuuming, the use of biocide and antimicrobial solutions, abatement of affected building materials, and encapsulation of the structural building materials. Once this process is complete, then we’ll test to ensure that your mold issues have been eradicated, once and for all.

Don’t let the dangers of mold affect you or your family. Contact BluePlanet today to learn more and to schedule a home mold testing appointment.