Sometimes, as a homeowner, you may have to contend with issues, like spores. Having a microbe problem is a serious health issue. Therefore, it is important to know when you should seek out remediation services. You want to seek these services out promptly. There are some signs to look out for that point to a microbe issue.
A Musty Odor
If you notice mildew or a musty smell, you may have a fungus problem. This smell is apparent if your home has been locked up due to you being on holiday. Although you may not be able to see the spores, the smell can be an option for detecting them.
Areas like curtains, carpets, insulated walls, and ceilings tend to give off a more pronounced smell. A remediation service has the right tools to find spores and examine the unreachable areas.
Before moving into a new home, it is important to check for dark spots. Dark spots on basement and bathroom walls could point to a microbe problem. The organic materials that microbes feed on can lead to discoloration.
Not all molds are black. Some of them are white with fluffy veins. Some are grayish-brown, grayish-green, and pink color. If you have walls that have patchy stained spots, it may be time to call a remediation service.
Signs of Water Damage
Microbes like humidity. So, having a water leak could create the perfect habitat for them to flourish. If you notice a leak, it is important to address it promptly to avoid them from growing. If the leak is inside your walls, it may already be present.
You can usually detect water damage if the wallpaper is peeling or cracks are present in the paint on the walls and ceiling. If you live in an area that floods often, you may also have a spore problem.
Condensation occurs when warm, humid air lands on a cold surface. As the surface cools down quickly, water droplets appear on the surface. You will usually see this on windows, walls as well as air ducts. If this happens often, microbes can start to grow on the surface.
During the cooler months, condensation is more likely to accumulate on air ducts. You can prevent this by regulating the temperature in your home. Having a humidifier in your bathrooms and other areas that are prone to humidity can help.
If you have a compromised immune system, you may experience allergies. Symptoms of this include a runny nose, coughing, sneezing, irritated eyes, and even scaly skin. If you notice one or more of your family members are experiencing these symptoms, you may have a microbe infestation. A clear sign of this is if the symptoms subside when you leave home.
When to Take Care of It Yourself
There are some situations where you can address the problem yourself. If you notice some microbes growing in the bathtub or on the wall near a tap that is leaking, you can tackle it yourself.
Use a microbe cleaner for those areas and replace the caulk and grout. You can also use a microbe remover to wipe down the wall. Also, check to see if this spore issue is not a larger problem.
Why You Need An Expert
When it comes to remediation, you need to hire an expert. Not doing so can endanger both your and your family’s health. Attempting to do it yourself can lead to re-infestation. Going with an over-the-counter test kit will not give a full picture of your spore issue, and these test kits are expensive.
At R&E Home Solutions, we offer both a visual inspection as well as a test for black mold and other fungi. We will have test results in 24 hours. Our removal techniques ensure that the microbes will not come back. So, call us today at 843 412-8569. We are very active in South Carolina.