It is absolutely essential we talk about the importance of mold and mildew removal. For some, mold and mildew may be mysterious substances. You may not be aware of the effects of it, how to identify it, and how to get rid of it. At Texas Stone Sealers, we want to make sure you are aware of the risks and how we can help.
What is The Difference Between Them?
This is the first question we have to answer. Mold and mildew are often mentioned synonymously, so it is important we distinguish between the two. Let’s talk about it.
Mildew is a surface fungi that will appear in patches of gray or white. The fungus grows on moist surfaces and can be easily treated with store-bought cleaner. Mold is usually black or green and is the result of a much larger infestation. It is a much more serious problem that requires a professional to help remove it.
Both substances grow in a warm and damp environment. It can grow on wood, paper, food, and stone or cement. It can grow almost anywhere! This is why you need to keep a lookout.
You can identify the difference between mold and dirt by dabbing the afflicted area with household bleach. If it lightens after a couple of minutes, it is mold, and you need to have it removed immediately.
Can It Hurt Me?
Yes. You cannot leave mold and mildew to their own devices. After becoming a large infestation, the mold becomes what we know as black mold. While the mold is not dangerous in itself, it releases harmful toxins into the environment it inhabits. Anyone with breathing-related issues or a weakened immune system will experience the symptom full-force. You can become ill with black mold poisoning, which acts very similarly to an upper respiratory tract infection. Let’s look at the symptoms.
- stuffy or runny nose
- red eyes
- itchy skin or eyes
- a sore throat
Furthermore, if you have pre-existing respiratory issues (like asthma or allergies), black mold exposure will make the symptoms worse. You may even experience new symptoms, such as:
- persistent coughing
- headaches and migraines
- frequent chest colds
- difficulty breathing
- sinus inflammation
- fatigue and lethargy
- allergic reactions
There is more if you are exposed over a long period of time, and the symptoms continue to worsen.
- sensitivity to light
- trouble concentrating
- nerve issues such as numbness
- pain and cramps
- sudden weight gain
- memory loss
After reading through each of these symptoms, you are rightly horrified.
What Can I Do About It?
Texas Stone Sealers offers mold and mildew removal from stone, brick, pavers, driveways, and home exteriors. Removal of these harmful substances is a difficult process, so you will need the professionals to take care of it for you. We also advise that, after cleaning and removing the mold and mildew, you seal your surfaces with our state-of-the-art TSSPro sealant products. This way, you can prevent the infection from returning to your home. Protect yourself and your loved ones from black mold infections. Act today.
Texas Stone Sealers has many offices in several great cities around the U.S., such as Fresno, Portland, and Missouri City. However, their Houston office is located at 1001 Texas Avenue, Suite 1400, Houston, TX, 77002. You can call them at (713) 429-0469 or visit their website here.
Now you know the importance of mold and mildew removal, so get moving!