Most people know that mold spores can cause health problems, especially for people with breathing issues. Many people even know that some molds produce toxins that can cause respiratory, circulatory and even neurological problems in healthy individuals.

But those kinds of molds and problems only occur in moist climates, right?

Wrong.

As it turns out, Colorado’s monsoon season provides just the right blast of moisture when temperatures are optimal for mold to flourish. During the summer months, your Colorado home or business is often just as vulnerable to mold infestation as any home or business in the Mississippi River Delta.

“Ok,” you say, “but what can I do about it?”

Glad you asked. Here are some tips for avoiding hazardous mold infestation in your home or business:

Perform frequent inspections – Look for signs of mold, including discoloration in walls, ceilings and flooring, musty odors and people exhibiting similar symptoms of respiratory problems, as well as obvious mold growth. Also look for conditions that are conducive to mold growth, especially excessive moisture build-up in warm, dark places.

Don’t dismiss signs of mold – Act promptly to eradicate mold and prevent its regrowth. Make sure that mitigation includes fixing the conditions that resulted in the mold infestation. Large infestations, especially of mold species that produce toxins (black mold), can be hazardous to even healthy people. Don’t expose your family, your employees and yourself to health hazards. Get rid of the mold.

Get qualified help – Removing mold, cleaning infested surfaces and mitigating mold causes is potentially hazardous and challenging work. Without proper training and personal protection equipment, you can expose your family or employees to potentially hazardous mold spores and toxins. And you could be taking these unnecessary risks for no good reason, failing to completely eradicate and mitigate the mold problem and incurring repeated, heavy expenses in your attempts. At least contact a professional who’ll give you a free estimate, so you can make an informed decision.