What You Need to Know About Mold

mold damageThe threat of mold is a major reason why it’s vital for you to keep your gutters cleaned and maintained. Mold loves moisture, and if your gutters aren’t doing a good job of moving rainwater away from your home then that moisture can creep into places you can’t even see right away.

How often do you peek behind your siding, for example? Yet wet spots behind your siding provide dark, nutrient-rich places for mold to grow. That mold can easily spread to the interior of your home.

There’s no such thing as a mold-free environment. Mold particles drift constantly through indoor and outdoor air whether you’re aware of it or not. Central Florida provides a particularly hospitable environment for the pesky fungus since it’s so wet.

That’s not to say mold is useless. It serves a purpose in nature: it breaks down dead plant and animal matter. You just don’t want it in your home, where it can permanently damage walls, floors, and ceilings, three things you don’t want “broken down.”

Mold can also spread to your furniture, too. Once it does, it is difficult, if not impossible to repair the damage or to get rid of the persistent smell.

A history of mold can make your home very difficult to sell, too. Don’t think you can simply hide it. Florida has laws which require sellers to disclose a mold problem.

While you can sometimes alleviate seller fears by producing documents outlining the steps you have taken to solve your mold problem many buyers simply will not take the chance. Once mold appears it has a habit of returning again and again in spite of all best efforts to contain it.

The biggest concerns that mold presents are typically the health problems that are associated with it. Mold can cause respiratory problems, sinus infections, sore throats, eye irritation and skin irritation. Babies, the elderly and anyone with any pre-existing breathing problems, like asthma, are particularly vulnerable.

Proper gutter maintenance, cleaning, and installation is one of the most powerful weapons at your disposal for preventing mold in your home. Call us so you don’t have to call the mold inspector or mold remediation professional!

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