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Mold Development: How to Prevent and Find It

mold-development-prevent-findIs your home healthy? What we mean is, how’s your indoor air quality? According to WebMD, the indoor air quality in anyone’s home throughout the country is typically worse than that of the outdoor air in terms of pollution.

There are many causes for this, but one particular issue we’re all too familiar with in Florida, due to the high humidity, is the development of mold. Mold can appear in a number of areas throughout your home—your shower, within your ductwork, and even in closets or other cool and dark spaces throughout your living space.

Preventing Mold Before it Strikes

The installation and use of a high-quality air conditioning system are essential to reducing the humidity that leads to mold growth. This is not a comprehensive solution, but it’s a step in the right direction. When it comes to having an air conditioner installed, there are many factors to consider—its efficiency, its size (going too small or too big can be detrimental to the system and your comfort), and of course—your budget. Ask us about our AC system options!

The next step you can take to preventing mold development in your home is investing in UV germicidal lights. Integrated within your ductwork, this type of air purifier effectively eradicates harmful microorganisms, like mold and mildew, and prevents bacteria from developing in the first place. This way, spores and particles will never have a chance to enter your indoor air and potentially make you sick.

The Problem with Mold

Let’s say your home already has a mold presence. Now what? First off, it’s imperative that you understand the health impact this could have on you and your family—mold exposure can lead to allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.

And despite numerous “Do It Yourself” articles that you may find online, there really is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in your indoor environment on your own. The fact of the matter is, if you have visible mold, chances are there is more of it hiding behind walls and potentially even under floorboards, and—as mentioned above—within your ductwork.

But, how do you know if you have mold? There are a few indicators to keep an eye out for:

  • Frequent respiratory health issues amongst your household members.
  • Known humidity problems in the home.
  • Strong and/or musty odors.
  • Water damaged construction materials or furnishings.
  • Visible mold growth.

The Solution to Mold

If you suspect you have mold growth in your home, or if you’re just wondering about your risk factors, the best thing to do is to schedule a mold assessment in Wellington, FL. This enables our mold removal specialists to thoroughly evaluate how serious your mold problem is, and how to best resolve it.

It’s important to trust only a professional for this job, as there may be hidden mold, which will continue to grow until it becomes extremely toxic, and enables airborne sports into your air stream and living space. Having a professional mold assessment done is a vital part of ensuring the health and safety of your family. From there, we can advise you on next steps.

Why should you choose Envirotech Air Quality Services over our competitors? We our one of the very few HVAC companies in south Florida who are also licensed mold assessors, mold remediators, and duct cleaners. Contact us today!

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