Although most commonly associated with “wet” rooms such as the kitchen and bathroom, moisture can crop up anywhere in the home. And where moisture is left to fester, mildew is almost sure to take root. While you should always do your best to prevent moisture from accumulating in your home, if you smell or see mildew, you should contact a mold remediation specialist immediately. Here’s why:
Mildew is a Precursor to Mold
The unpleasant smell of mildew is a clear sign that something is not right in your home. Mildew provides an atmosphere in which mold spores can thrive, which is why mold so often follows the presence of mildew. Without concentrated moisture, mold spores have no means of growing and are harmless.
Mold Can Be Toxic
From heightened allergies to exacerbation of asthma symptoms to an increased risk of skin and cardiorespiratory diseases, mold can lead to an array of health problems. While it is true that not all molds are toxic, allowing mold to grow in your home is a serious risk and is not recommended.
Quick Action is Essential
Health concerns are not the only unwelcome consequences of mold and mildew. Mildew also attacks the home, starting with interior paint and eventually eating away at a home’s foundation. The sooner you react upon discovering mildew, the less property damage you will sustain.
Mildew Prevention Measures Are Available
Most incidences of mildew and toxic mold are preventable, and the expert who assesses and treats mildew in your home can advise you on these. In addition to taking care to clean up after spills and keep your bathroom, basement, and kitchen dry, you can control your home’s humidity level and thus proneness to mildew with proper ventilation, air conditioning, and de-humidification.
San Luis Obispo is a beautiful place to live and work, but its coastal locale promises no shortage of moisture. If a flood, leak, or unattended spill leads to mildew in your home, it is in the interests of your health and economic well-being to contact a mold remediation expert immediately. Should you require mildew removal or post-cleanup painting services, call Browder Painting Company at (805) 544-0547. Learn more about our mold remediation and home painting services by visiting our website.