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How to Detect Mold in Your Mankato, MN Home

November 25th, 2014 · No Comments

ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca provides mold removal throughout the Mankato, MN area.

Standing water, condensation, or merely the presence of damp air is all it takes to leave your home or business subject to mold. Mold spores are light enough to blow in from any source and lie dormant until being activated by the combination of water and food. Food in this case can be almost anything that contains paper, wood or wood byproducts, including wallboard, wallpaper, two-by-fours, or plywood in your subfloor. It’s not hard to determine if you have mold. Just inhale. If you smell something dank and damp, it’s probably mold, and you definitely want to get rid of it. It’s not only a health risk for those living or working in the structure, but it lowers the property value. It won’t go away by itself; it will only get worse unless you contact a professional mold removal service like ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca.

Visible clues for mold include black smudges on baseboards or discoloration on wood surfaces. It’s not always noticed because it occurs in low-lying areas that are often in darkness or shadow. If you’ve experienced water spills, sewage or drainage backup into your basement or crawlspace, leaks from pipes, washing machine overflow, seepage from wall cracks or from basement windows during storms, or periods of high humidity, you may well have mold. If you have put off buying a dehumidifier for your basement, it may already be too late. If you’ve endured a flood, without immediate water removal, it’s a certainty that mold is around you.

We can test for mold in areas that can’t be viewed and analyze the extent of the damage. Once we undertake mold removal in your home, we can also provide suggestions and plans to keep mold from returning. Mold removal is something to consider, especially as we move into the winter months when the house will be closed more tightly, with less fresh air in circulation. You don’t want your family to be breathing mold all winter. For the best in mold removal, contact ServiceMaster of Mankato/ Waseca and let us make your home healthy again.


 

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