It’s fair to say that San Diego probably has some of the most consistently beautiful weather on earth. But the city’s proximity to the ocean, along with its consistently warm weather means that there’s a price to pay for perfection.
The humid air that comes in off the coast every day carries with it a lot of moisture, in the form of water vapor. When you leave your windows open to take in the glorious weather, that wet air comes into your home, potentially penetrating into walls and floors through gaps or cracks. If the indoor environment doesn’t dry out on a regular basis, moisture deposits can form in these insufficiently sealed structural areas. Eventually, this will foster mold growth, which can cause unsightly discoloration and structural damage in your home, and serious health complications in you and your family members.
That’s where IR Environmental steps in. We are San Diego’s premier provider of mold inspection and remediation services. Our inspectors and workers have decades of experience working on homes and businesses in the San Diego area. If you are uncertain as to how the process of mold detection and removal works, give us a call. We’ll be happy to walk you through the process, so that you know exactly what to expect when we show up.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you have mold in your home. Here are a few indicators that it might be time to give us a call.
1. Staining and discoloration – If you notice areas where wallpaper has begun to darken or turn brown, then it’s likely that water has seeped into the paper, and mold colonies are living and feeding on it. In this case, it’s not enough to just tear down the wallpaper, as it’s likely that the source of the moisture is underneath, in the wall itself.
2. Rusting of exposed metal pipes – Look under your kitchen and bathroom sinks. If the metal plumbing running from the sinks to the wall is rusted or covered in corrosion, then it’s likely that the area around it has been exposed to a water leak, which has run across the pipes, and into your walls or flooring. The rust on the pipes is an indicator telling you that you probably have mold or mildew in the wood in the surrounding flooring or walls.
3. Standing water – Look for areas where standing water tends to accumulate. such as in the basement or bathroom. If it seems like you are always cleaning up puddles in these areas, then it’s likely that water has already begun to penetrate in the floor beneath, through cracks in the seals between tiles, or into exposed flooring. In this case, you are at serious risk for mold, mildew, and dry rot.