If your home has recently been struck by disaster, you need to act fast. There is no time to lose if your home is threatened by fire, flooding, or some other form of catastrophe. One of the worst things that can happen to your home is something that may not even be noticeable at first. After the flames have been put out and all of the water has been pumped away, your home may still be in serious danger. Mold and bacteria can hide in the nooks and crannies of your home, silently breeding for months or even years until suddenly appearing and becoming a serious health hazard.

Although we haven’t experienced fire or flooding, I’ve noticed some of our walls turning gray with spots of black this past winter. It wasn’t as dramatic so I just sprayed some “Schimmelentferner” (mold remover) from a hardware store near our place and followed the instructions to heart. It got better. But, not all mold appearances at home can be as easy as that. Here are some things you should know and do when faced with mold problems at home.

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Mold build up

Black Mold and Other Forms of Fungus Are a Major Health Issue

You should know that bacteria and fungus can breed for years before you are even aware of it. The danger posed by black mold is especially serious. This is a particularly virulent form of mold that, if not caught in time, can quickly spiral out of hand. Black mold is so noxious to the human respiratory system that it can send you to the hospital before you are aware of the cause of your attack. Meanwhile, it can cause your home to be condemned as unfit to live in, leading ultimately to the property being razed to the ground. This is not an outcome you want to see happen.Continue Reading…