What Should I Do If I Suspect Mold Is In My Basement?
Flooding season is here and it is critical that you take precautions to prevent mold. One of the most important considerations when your basement gets flooded is to get all the water out as soon as possible to prevent the onset of mold. It takes just 24 hours for mold to start growing. If your basement flooded and the clean up process has been complete, you should be aware that there still may be mold issues.
You will know that you have mold in your basement if you smell a musty, earthy or old basement odor. This is often an indicator of Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOC), which are gaseous by-products produced during fungal metabolism. MVOC’S are an indicator of active and past mold growth.
Other clues of mold growth can be visible signs. Molds may appear in colors such as gray, white, black, or green. Black mold, stachybotrys, is especially dangerous.
Another key indicator that you may have mold is your health may be compromised. If before your home was flooded, you did not have health issues and suddenly you begin to have health problems, then this could indicate that you have mold in your home. This is a particularly strong clue if your health improves when you leave the home. Here are some health symptoms you may have if mold becomes an issue in your home:
- The sudden onset of allergic symptoms involving the respiratory system such as cough, congestion, sinus infection, asthma, and bronchitis.
- Unexplained headaches, decrease in attention span or memory, difficulty concentrating, or dizziness.
- Other physical symptoms of mold could include skin rash, itchy eyes, fatigue, and a general unwell feeling that disappears when leaving the house.
If you suspect mold growth, the best solution is to hire a professional mold inspector to test your basement for mold growth to verify whether or not your concerns are valid. If you do have a mold issue, then it is important that you remediate the mold to avoid structural damage to your home and prevent the proliferation of health issues that could lead to Chronic Infammatory Response Syndrome.
— Got #Mold?™ (@gotmoldglobal) July 4, 2013