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Mold Lurking Beneath Your Beautiful Hardwood Floors? Don’t Panic, RestoPros of Northeast Georgia Can Help!

At RestoPros of Northeast Georgia, we understand the pride you take in your home, especially beautiful hardwood floors. But what lurks beneath the surface? Mold! While hardwood floors are more resistant than carpets, mold can still grow, posing health risks and causing costly repairs.

The good news? You can catch mold early and prevent these problems. Here’s what to watch for in your Atlanta-area or Gwinnett County home:

1. Increased Humidity and Musty Odors:

  • High humidity creates a breeding ground for mold. Invest in a hygrometer and maintain indoor humidity between 30% and 60%. Dehumidifiers can help in humid spaces.
  • A musty odor is a red flag! Mold releases microbial volatile organic compounds (mVOCs) that create that distinctive smell. If you notice it, especially around your floors, investigate further.

2. Standing Water:

  • Leaks, clogged drains, or even spills can create perfect conditions for mold growth. Address the source of the water immediately and check for moisture under the flooring.
  • While you may be able to soak up the water on top, hardwood floors can lot a lot of water between the cracks thayt will then get between the flooring and the sub floor, where even when this dries out, it leaves behind microbial growth.

3. Discoloration:

  • Mold can stain hardwood floors in various shades, including black, yellow, or white. While you can clean small areas, extensive discoloration often indicates deeper problems requiring professional remediation.

4. Powdery or Spongy Texture:

  • Mold breaks down the wood it feeds on. A spongy texture means a weakened floor, while a powdery texture indicates active mold growth with potential health risks. Call a professional for extensive areas.

5. Warped and Buckling Floorboards:

  • Uneven floors can be caused by moisture, which can also lead to mold growth. Professionals can assess the damage, recommend repairs, and address any mold issues.

6. Peeling Floors:

  • Peeling floors might seem cosmetic, but they can expose the wood to moisture and make it more susceptible to mold. Address peeling floors to prevent future problems.

7. Creaking Floorboards:

  • Creaking can be a sign of mold affecting the floor’s structure. Inspect the area for mold and consider reinforcing the floor or lubricating the boards.

8. Insect Infestations:

  • Mold beetles, attracted to damp and moldy environments, can indicate hidden mold problems. Eliminating mold is crucial to solve the beetle problem.

9. Worsening Allergy Symptoms:

  • Mold produces allergens and irritants that can trigger allergy symptoms. If you notice new or worsening allergies, especially with other signs like high humidity, have your home checked for mold.

Don’t wait! If you suspect mold in your hardwood floors, contact RestoPros of Northeast Georgia today. We provide professional mold remediation services to keep your Atlanta-area home healthy and beautiful.