Mold is an insidious contaminant that can be an issue for a home or business. Not only is mold often a hidden problem, it can be costly, tough to remove, and it can quickly spread and cause allergic reactions, sinus issues, and other health complications. While mold is often a result of water damage, it can develop anywhere there is excess water and moisture.

Unnoticed mold growth can lead a number of complications, such as reducing the air quality, damaging the structure of a building, and creating an unsafe environment. If you notice the signs of mold or suspect mold formation in your home or business, the most effective way to protect your health and property from the threat of mold is to have it removed by a professional mold remediation company.

The team at Island Environmental offers complete mold removal service in Long Island and the Tri-State area, restoring properties back to their original state. Mold extraction can be a serious task, and should only be handled by a professional mold removal service. Our professional remediation techniques eliminate mold and mildew quickly and efficiently. The team at Island Environmental has the professional expertise, equipment, and technology necessary to eliminate mold and mildew.

What is mold?

Mold is a fungi that is found both indoors and outdoors. While the number of mold species is unknown, experts predict there are tens of thousands to possibly three hundred thousand species of mold. Mold thrives in damp environments and can quickly spread where moisture and excess water exists. Mold grows, spreads, and reproduces by releasing spores. Invisible to the naked eye, these spores can be transferred by air or water to new locations, such as a home.

What causes mold growth in a home?

When the spores released by mold travel through the air and settle. Under the proper conditions, mold or mildew can quickly spread — often unnoticed —and eventually become a problem for a home. As mentioned, mold can spread just about any area where moisture is present for a significant period of time. Since mold cannot thrive in a home without moisture, check out some of the common causes of mold growth in a home:

  • Flooding. One of the biggest causes of water damage, flooding can bring a large amount of water into a home. Whenever flooding occurs, it is important to quickly contact a water restoration service to avoid the risk of mold growth, which usually can form as quick as 24-48 hours.
  • Leaks. Leaks are one of the most common causes of mold formation, especially those leaks that go unnoticed. The moisture and damp conditions created by leaking pipes can attract mold and increase the risk of a mold infestation. In addition, roof leaks enable water to access a home and lead to mold growth.
  • Poor ventilation. A poorly-ventilated home is more susceptible to mold growth. Insufficient ventilation creates pockets of stagnant, moist air around your home, making it more vulnerable to the formation of mold
  • Increased humidity. Humid weather, continuous rainfall, showering, and cooking are all ways the humidity levels are increased in a home. When indoor humidity levels are high, mold can quickly accumulate and spread throughout a home.

Signs you have mold

Because mold often goes unnoticed, as it commonly grows within the walls, behind wallpaper, beneath carpeting, it is essential to be aware of the warning signs of mold growth. Whether you suspect a mold infestation or not, be on the lookout for these warning signs

An odd odor

Mold has a pungent, musty smell. Because mold growth isn’t always visible, the smell may not always be associated with the issue. However, if you notice a musty smell that air freshener can’t cover up, you may have a mold problem.

Visible discoloration

While mold often grows in non-visible areas it can have an effect on visible building materials. Mold can cause a structural catastrophe. The formation of mold can cause discoloration of the floor, ceilings, and walls. Generally, when mold is rapidly spreading, homeowners will eventually begin to notice blotchy colors, such as dirt or soot, or odd-colored areas on the structures of their home.

Health complications

When mold goes unnoticed for a while, it can eventually trigger a variety of health symptoms, such as allergic reactions. Even if you aren’t allergic to mold, you can still be susceptible to the common health issues it causes.  Some common health problems triggered by mold growth are:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • A runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Throat irritations
  • Breathing complications
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Blurred vision

As you can see, mold is a serious issue that does not only lead to structural damage, it can lead to health and wellness complications too. If you notice these signs of mold in your home, it is best to call a mold expert to perform mold testing. If mold is detected, it is essential to get it professionally removed to avoid the risks associated with this natural catastrophe.

Choose Island Environmental For Long Island Mold Removal

When you are in need of mold remediation in Long Island, there is only one company you should trust: Island Environmental. Our environmental and mold removal company is licensed, bonded, and insured. Our team has over 25 years of experience in the industry, plus the knowledge and equipment needed to completely eliminate mold from a property. Because mold can be a hazard, we take the appropriate steps to safely and efficiently remove mold. Using our three-step process, we first do an assessment of the property, locating visible mold and performing an air quality test to determine the quality and the variety of mold spores. Next, we do a thorough visual mold inspection of your structure to look for other sources of mold growth. Then, using specialized equipment, we extract mold, deodorize the area, and prevent it from returning.

If you think you may have a mold infestation and are in need of mold remediation in Long Island or the Tri-State Area, contact the mold removal experts at Island Environmental!