The last thing you want to come across in your home is mold. It’s disgusting, problematic, and can cause property damage and health issues for you and your family. When you find mold in your home, your mind may start racing to find a solution. In these moments people may be inclined to begin painting over the mold. Simple solution right? Wrong.
The truth is, painting over mold is the last thing you should do.
Covering mold is not a true solution to the problem; it is only a cover-up. Painting over mold can come back to bite you in the future. Mold can grow anywhere, from kitchen cabinets to attics to window sills. While you may want to take care of the issue yourself, sometimes turning to experts with quality experience is the best route to take. Our Restore Remodel Renew team will take care of your problem within a few hours, no paint is required!
Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you should avoid painting over mold and turn to professionals. It really is the best way to avoid unnecessary problems and headaches (literally).
Where and Why Does Mold Grow?
Before diving into the different reasons why you shouldn’t paint over mold, it’s important to understand mold and its effects. Mold tends to grow in areas that have high moisture and are humid. Areas like South Florida tend to have frequent storms, high humidity, and moisture. On top of that, mold can grow over time from leaky pipes or poor ventilation.
Mold can have physical effects on the people who are exposed to it along with property damage in some cases. Adults, children, and even pets that are exposed to mold may experience symptoms like a runny nose, watery eyes, dry caught, and other symptoms. This is why it’s important to take care of mold as soon as you can.
1. Painting Over Mold Does Not Fix the Problem
Just because you can’t see mold, doesn’t mean it’s not there. You may think the best course of action is to paint over it – at least for a temporary fix. Mold is ugly and can make any house look dirty. But mold is much more just a visual thing. While painting over mold will take care of the ‘look’ of your wall or kitchen, it doesn’t solve the problem underneath. No amount of paint can eliminate the effects of mold on your property and the people around it. The only real solution is to look for professional remediation and mold removal services like Restore Remodel Renew to truly eliminate the problem, then you can paint that area to your heart’s desire.
2. You and Your Family Will Still Experience Mold Exposure
One of the worst things about mold is that it physically affects those who are exposed to it, some more than others. Mold is capable of affecting everyone in the house, even the animals! When you decide to paint over mold, the mold underneath will still affect those in your household. You and your family may not feel the effects of mold immediately but over time you will eventually feel the discomforting symptoms of mold exposure.
Mold can affect people differently and can be very problematic for young children and older adults. Some of the symptoms from mold exposure may include the following:
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
- Rashes on skin
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Breathing problems (in severe cases)
- Eye irritation/watery eyes
- Frequent headaches
When you decide to paint over mold, you are still opening the door for all these mold exposure symptoms. These will not go away until the mold and its source are properly taken care of.
3. Property Damage May Occur (Which Can Be Very Expensive)
Apart from the physical symptoms you and your family will experience, painting over mold can also end up causing property damage. Since the problem isn’t fully taken care of, mold will continue to grow and cause damage to the walls and area around the source. While they say ignorance is bliss, this is not true in the case of expensive property damage.
If left untreated, mold can end up costing lots of money and construction services in the process. This is a huge price to pay for a quick and temporary solution to the problem. It’s important to take care of the problem early, this will cost you unnecessary headaches and expenses down the line.
4. The Source of the Mold is Not Taken Care of
Mold usually grows from a pipe leak or some kind of spill. Unfortunately, most of the time it can be hard to spot this until the mold has already grown. As you can imagine, painting over mold is not a great way to eliminate the mold and the source of it. When removing mold, its source should be identified and resolved to avoid any further growth and problems down the line. As mentioned earlier, if you simply paint over mold, the mold will just continue to grow and become a real problem down the line.
The best course of action is to have professionals like our team come look at it and properly take care of the mold safely and effectively. Mold is never fun but having a team you can trust can make the process smooth and hassle-free for you and your family.
Let Us Help You Today!
Now that you know why you shouldn’t paint over mold, it’s time to take the first step in removing that pesky stuff once and for all. Restore Remodel Renew has helped hundreds of families and businesses take care of mold effectively and smoothly. If you live in the South Florida area and are dealing with a mold problem, look no further than our team at Restore Remodel Renew. Whether you need remediation services or if you need simple mold removal, we’ve got you covered. Give us a call today and learn how we can start fixing that mold problem right away!