Mold inspection services may be needed if your home or business has experienced any type of water intrusion in the past. If so, you may likely have mold growing inside. Flooding, leaking from roofs, pipes or toilets, sump pumps malfunctioning, and more can all result in standing water. If the water is not promptly removed and all surfaces completely dried, mold may start to grow within as little as 24 hours.
Mold is virtually everywhere. In fact, when it’s growing outdoors, mold is beneficial in breaking down dead leaves and tree limbs. However, when mold grows inside your San Francisco premises, it can present several problems.
Mold is not the only thing that can grow in damp spaces. These areas can also harbor mold break-down products, dust mites, bacteria, and chemicals, gasses, and particulate matter released from the materials on which molds are growing.
Two of the more serious effects are damage to the building’s structure and a negative impact to the health of those who reside in or regularly access the building.
Mold growth can cause damage to a building’s structure, as well as to its contents and fixtures. If left unattended, it can cause dry rot and result in major damage.
Mold has natural tendencies to break down organic matter when it’s outdoors. It has the same effect on surfaces where it grows indoors in San Francisco. For example, if it’s growing behind drywall, it will start to spread and destroy the walls and insulation. In this case, the walls must be torn down and the mold removed.
Mold can grow on other surfaces within the building. Depending on the type of surface and the extent of mold growth, you may be able to clean and remove the mold. Otherwise you’ll need to remove and dispose of the item.
Your HVAC system may also fall victim to mold growth. Mold emits spores that travel through the air. If these spores enter the HVAC ducts, they will be circulated throughout the building.
If you live or work in a San Francisco building where mold is growing indoors, it can have a negative impact on your health. Even customers who frequent your business may suffer the health issues.
Some individuals are more sensitive to the presence of mold. Two people living in the same household where mold is growing may be impacted very differently.
Those most sensitive are the elderly and very young and those with chronic respiratory illnesses or compromised immune systems. These individuals are more impacted by the presence of mold growth than a healthy adult.
Those individuals who spend time in buildings where mold is growing often complain of cold or flu-like symptoms, like headaches, sneezing, trouble breathing, wheezing, and fatigue.
Mold growth can negatively impact your life in many ways. If you think you have mold growing inside your building, hire Bay Area Mold Pros to inspect the premises.
Our professional mold inspectors will do a thorough inspection and deliver a detailed and easy-to-understand report. We’ll provide recommendations on how to proceed and answer any questions you have.
Time is of the essence when you suspect mold growth in your San Francisco home or workplace. Contact us today for more information.