It is a well-known fact that Chattahoochee, like all of Florida, is a humid place. Humidity creates a very attractive environment for mold. But mold can also be caused by other things. For instance, if you have a roof or water leak at your home–even a small one–it can create a mold problem. If left unchecked, mold can get in the walls and can actually grow through your drywall. Once you have this problem, it can be very expensive to remedy.
There are only two things that mold needs to grow; food and moisture. Humidity or a water leak provides the moisture, and mold doesn’t mind eating your house for nutrition. Below is helpful information about mold and a list of where moisture can come from. This is courtesy of the website of Florida Health.
“Many building materials (such as wood, sheetrock, etc.) provide food that can support mold growth. Even dust that has settled on these materials or furniture can be a food source for molds. Molds can grow almost anywhere there is enough moisture or high humidity. Controlling moisture is the key to stopping indoor mold growth because all molds require water to grow. Moisture can come from:
- Flooding from the outside (stormwater, overflowing lakes, streams, storm surge, etc.)
- Flooding from the indoor (overflow from sinks, tubs, toilets, air conditioner drain pans or sewerage systems)
- Condensation (caused by indoor humidity that is too high or surfaces that are too cold)
- Water leaks from outside the building (roof, walls, floors)
- Indoor plumbing leaks or broken water pipes
- Outdoor sprinkler spray hitting the walls or indoor fire sprinklers
- Poor venting of kitchen and bathroom moisture (steam from shower or cooking)
- Humidifier use
- Drying wet clothes indoors, or not venting clothes dryers outdoors (including electric dryers)
- Houseplants (overwatering, etc.)
- Moisture from our bodies (sweat, wet hair on pillows, breath)
- Warm, moist air from outdoors
- Liquid spills“
Some molds are not much more than a nuisance, but a particular strain of black mold has toxins that can make you or your family sick. If there is someone in your home with allergies or asthma, they are in far more danger of being affected adversely by mold. This can cause upper respiratory problems, coughing, sneezing, and throat irritation. In fact, a family member who has unusual cold symptoms could actually be your first clue that you have a mold problem. Another great resource concerning mold, dampness, and illnesses it can cause comes from the CDC website. Read the information here.
Do You See Mold in Your Chattahoochee Home?
Now that you have been a bit educated about the causes of mold, how it grows, and how it can affect your home and family, do you see mold in your Chattahoochee home? If so, Noble Public Adjusting Group would like to suggest you call us first. Your home insurance policy will cover mold removal. We can go over your policy with you, help you file your claim, and contact one of the vetted mold removal specialists in the Chattahoochee area we use in cases like this.
Mold in your Chattahoochee home is serious business. Don’t let this problem go unchecked as mold eats away at the structure of your home and/or makes your family sick. Call us today at (850) 249-MYPA. One of our professional public adjusters will visit your home, test for mold, handle your claim, and get cracking on having a mold removal specialist remove the mold.
Take back your home and give yourself and your family peace of mind. Trust the only fully-staffed public adjuster in the Florida Panhandle to take the problem away and get you the best settlement possible for your mold removal insurance claim. On average, we get homeowners 747% more of a settlement than if you had filed the claim yourself.
Noble Public Adjusting Group
107 Amar Place Suite 103
Panama City Beach (West End), FL 32413