Worried about Mold? Don’t sop up your mess alone. 

Rain Mold WindowYou think you have water damage. Maybe some water leaked into your basement during as hard rain. Or a small leak from the bathroom has created some dark spots on the ceiling below. But do you really need to call in the professionals? Can’t you just take care of it yourself?

Molds can have a big impact on your air quality and can potentially cause health problems including:
• allergic reactions    • asthma    • respiratory complaints   • irritation of the eyes, skin, nose, and  throat

5 signs of water damage that are obvious to your senses:
• Dark or wet spots on walls and ceilings.
• Drywall that’s flaking or cracking.
• A damp, musty or moldy smell.
• The sound of running, dripping or gurgling water, even when all fixtures are turned off
• A feeling of dampness or humidity, especially in rooms where windows are beginning to show condensation

Kevin Grau, of AOA Cleaning and Restoration explains, “These signs of water damage are obvious to your senses but some indoor mold growth may not be obvious and require a professional eye.” Mold can grow unnoticed on hidden surfaces—on the backside of dry wall, underside of carpets or pads. If you do think you have a problem with mold, don’t procrastinate taking care of it.  Waiting can increase the costs for remediation, and opens the door to health issues. Take action.

Mold Water on FloorTo save yourself a lot of stress and uncertainty, call in a professional. A professional cleaning and restoration company will do a full assessment of your home more thoroughly than you can do on your own–even if you think you have highly acute senses. They are trained in acute water damage awareness and comprehensive water remediation. When your property is completely dry and free of mold, trust me: you’ll be relieved that you didn’t try to do it on your own.

3 Tips to Hiring a Professional
• Find a licensed mold remediation company. A license doesn’t guarantee quality, but it’s assurance that the contractor has adequate knowledge and experience in their field.
• Confirm that company is certified for mold removal and remediation.
• Get a written estimate after an on-site evaluation before they begin work.

Visit “What’s Your Plan of Action” for more about mold remediation.

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."

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