Mold and Fabric Contamination in Austin: A Dangerous Combination
While it’s often humid in Austin throughout the year, if your home isn’t properly ventilated excessive humidity can be responsible for an increase in mold.
Mold spores can be found all over Austin, but it isn’t until they take root in fabrics that problems can arise, where you may have to seek professional mold inspection Austin, followed by mold removal.
As walls and floorboards can fall victim to mold from poor ventilation and humidity or water damage, the various fabrics in your home, such as clothing and furniture, for example, can also be affected.
What types of Fabrics can Experience Mold Damage in Austin?
That’s a good question, and you’d be surprised by the answer. Most natural fabrics can be affected by mold. You’ll find materials such as rayon, wool, linen, silk, jute, and even cotton, are able to attract molds, especially species that are attracted to cellulose. Once mold appears in these fabrics, the enzymes start to eat away at the cellulose transforming them into compounds, which feed the mold.
You’ll find that most toxic molds, such as black mold, have a real knack at infesting most cellulose related fabrics, and can spread at a greater rate when compared to other strains. Synthetic fabrics are also able to become mold infested, but not at the rapid rate that you would find in natural fabrics.
Should a flood occur and most of your clothes and fabrics are submerged by floodwater, you shouldn’t try to clean up the mess on your own. Reach out to a water extraction Austin specialist, who can help remove the water and then offer guidance on mold removal.
Are Moldy Clothes a Health Hazard?
Once an outbreak of mold appears, whether it’s caused by excessive humidity or water damage, you’re faced with whether to keep your items or to toss them. This is where you run the risk of facing a health hazard, as some mold spores can cause respiratory and immune system issues. Other strains can cause allergies and infections.
Any type of clothing or fabric that’s affected by mold should be tossed. Don’t even think of saving it; if the mold damage is that extreme, the fabric cannot be saved. If your clothes have traces of toxigenic molds, you may run the risk of getting mycotoxin poisoning, so, it’s best to seal them in plastic bags and dispose of them properly. If you’ve decided to save any type of clothing that shows minor traces of mold, it’s advisable to have them cleaned professionally.
Proper Ventilation Can Help Prevent Mold
As Austin has high humidity throughout the year, most residents run their HVAC units on a constant basis. You may think that this helps ventilate your home. It does, but there are small areas where ventilation is poor and therefore breeding grounds for mold. Think of your bathroom, your kitchen, and your laundry room: all of these areas may have poor to little ventilation, which gives mold the ability to grow.
In cases like these, managing the relative humidity of your home can help prevent the spread of mold on all kinds of fabrics in your home. Having proper air circulation throughout your house will also be a benefit. If you run the HVAC all the time and it’s actually nice outside, open the windows and let some fresh air in the house; this will help to dry out any tough moisture spots where mold might fester.
If you have an Austin home with an attic or basement, then you have a prime location for condensation to form. Here is where you need to regulate the humidity in these areas to control mold from spreading on your clothes, furniture and other fabric related items. Fans and dehumidifiers can make a great impact if you have limited water damage, and there is little mold. However, it’s recommended that you check your HVAC unit and dehumidifiers to make sure that they don’t actually leak themselves.
SERVPRO Can Help Remove and Remediate the Mold in Your Austin Home
If you notice the presence of mold damage on your fabrics, contact SERVPRO of East Central Austin immediately. We provide emergency mold removal and mold remediation, and we are highly experienced water damage specialists Austin, serving our surrounding communities on a 24/7 basis.
Our SERVPRO team is thoroughly trained, experienced, and certified by the IICRC to ensure that our methods meet industry standards.
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