Mold in Homes
Mold in homes can be a health problem growing and spreading in areas of your home that you never notice.
What is Mold?
Mold is actually a colony of microscopic fungus. Outdoors, they play an important role in the breakdown of dead materials. Mold can gradually destroy the things they grow on. However, indoors, mold can pose a problem. Be aware and understand that mold is present in every home. Mold in homes only becomes a problem when mold spores land on a wet or damp area and begin growing.
Mold needs two things to survive: water and organic food sources such as wood products, carpet, upholstered furniture, and dryer lent; just about anything in a house could be a potential food source.
Can Mold Cause Health Problems?
Mold produces allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), pathogens (infectious microorganism capable of causing disease, such as upper respiratory infection) and potentially toxic substances (compounds produced by mold that may have poisonous effects in living organisms). Mold in homes can lead to some serious health issues, particularly for those with mold allergies. Asthma, skin rash, eye irritation and many other harmful effects can be caused by contact with mold spores in your home.
Some of the Main Areas to Look for Mold Problems
Basement Walls, Windows, Bathrooms, Drywall, Ceiling Tiles, HVAC Systems, Attics and any place where there is a pipe leak or water entry from the outside.
The Key to Mold Control
Elimate water leaks and dampness, and control moisture and high humidity with proper ventilation.
Often, rectifying the cause of the moisture in the area will get rid of the mold in homes completely.
Test for Mold
If you suspect there is mold or fungus growing in your home, the best course of action is to ask a certified home inspector that is certified in mold testing to take a sample of a visible mold or fungus via swab or an air sample collection.
Invest Wise Home Inspection is certified to test for mold in homes.
The sample is sent to an EPA approved laboratory for identification and appropriate action as recommended. If certain types or significant amounts of mold are present, a remediation specialist is recommended. Although Invest Wise Home Inspection can provide mold testing, we do not specialize in performing mold or fungal identification or remediation services of mold in homes.
For more information regarding mold go to www.epa.gov/mold
Need a home inspector who can test for mold?
Call Larry Milbry at 330-780-6412
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