New Orleans is known for its humidity, especially during the summer. Excessive moisture buildup makes your property more susceptible to mold damage. Catch the early signs of mold contamination before it becomes a bigger problem! When neglected, mold can cause severe structural damage to your building, or cause health problems for its occupants. Look for these common signs of mold growth in your home or business in New Orleans:

Odor

Mildew and musty odors are a telltale sign that mold is growing in your property. Once you are able to locate the source of the smell, call us immediately to start the remediation process.

Health Problems

Allergies and respiratory symptoms (such as coughing, sneezing, wheezing, etc.) are the most common health hazards that result from mold damage. If people in your home or business are experiencing such symptoms, it’s possible that mold could be the cause.

Visible Mold

Dark or greenish spots on your walls, ceilings and floors indicate mold damage. However, avoid wiping them off or trying to remove the spots yourself – call an expert immediately for a more permanent and safe solution. Mold spores are easily transmitted through touch and can get on your clothes, skin and hair. Because mold is toxic, trying to clean up mold yourself improperly is the fastest way to risk your respiratory health.

Flooding or Other Water Damages

Past water damage in your home or business that is not taken care of properly often results in mold damage. Be sure that if you’ve experienced any recent flooding or leakages in your home to have an expert come in and do professional water damage cleanup job and monitor any possible mold growth.

High Humidity Levels

Condensation on metal and glass surfaces indicates that your home has high levels of humidity, which is a perfect environment for mold to grow. If you see an unusual amount of condensation in your home, look through all the cracks, crevices and dark corners of your home to find signs of mold. Dark, warm places are perfect environments for mold to thrive, so check bathrooms, bedrooms, and behind furniture.

We hope that you’re prepared and ready for the warmer weather. As always, ServiceMaster Elite Cleaning Services is on call 24/7 for all your disaster restoration needs, including mold removal and remediation. Give us a call at (800) 932 – 9940 to do a mold inspection of your property and assess the need for remediation services.