Mold Removal & Remediation Services
Mold, commonly referred to as fungi, occurs naturally in many places where there is stagnant water and a food source. Although mold that is naturally growing outdoors is more common, when mold grows in your home it can cause more serious issues. Mold doesn’t just form within your home, but it can be carried into your home through the air, often latching onto your clothing or entering in through a window or door. In order for the mold spores to grow once entering your home, moisture must be present. Moisture in your home can be caused from a power outage, pipe burst, sump pump failure, or flooding. When water becomes present, it is important to first identify the water source and then work to stop the water source and begin removing the water and moisture.
Signs of mold in your home:
Although mold is often not seen, when individuals in your house begin to experience certain symptoms, it can be a telling sign of hidden mold growth in your home. Here are some common mold symptoms to be aware of:
- Allergies – If your allergies begin to act up, your home could have mold. Common allergy symptoms include sneezing, sore eyes, and congestion. If any of your family members have unexplainable health issues such as headaches or respiratory problems, this could be a sign that mold is present in your home.
- Odor – If your basement or bathrooms begin to smell musty, hidden mold might be growing. If you smell the musty odor of mold, you should immediately inspect your home and find the source.
- Mold Growth – A very obvious sign of mold is when you can see it growing in your home. High levels of moisture and condensation in your home is often a sure sign that mold growth will take place.
- Water – Water stains and discoloration or water spots on ceilings and walls is a sure sign that there is moisture present in your home.
If you find mold in your home, do not disturb it. Attempting to remove the mold may result in the spores becoming airborne and thereby compounding the problem. Although the technicians at ServiceMaster by Rice do not perform mold testing, we can refer you to a specialist that tests for mold in your area.
The Mold Removal Process
ServiceMaster by Rice has IICRC certified technicians for applied structural drying and mold remediation to determine whether conditions are present for mold growth and, if so, the type of action needed to be taken. We check for the presence of existing mold, treat the source of the mold to prevent future growth and handle the mold removal and drying process. Contact your nearest ServiceMaster by Rice today if you suspect you have a mold problem in your home. We handle mold removal in homes in Des Moines, Carroll, Atlantic, Storm Lake, Spencer, Fort Dodge, Cedar Rapids, Okoboji, and Fairmont, Minnesota.