Mold is a type of fungus that sprouts from small spores that float in the air. When clusters of these spores grow on surfaces, they reproduce and spread. Homeowners may notice mold because they see it or they smell the damp, musty odor associated with it. If left unchecked, mold can damage your health and your property. If you find mold in your home or suspect you may have mold, it is important that you know the steps to take to identify and eradicate it.
Mold can cause a number of severe health problems, including making a person cough, wheeze and develop irritation to the skin throat and eyes. It can also exacerbate existing medical conditions, such as asthma, mold allergies or respiratory problems.
Mold can also cause problems with the structure of your home. It can weaken the walls, ceiling and floor. These issues can create structural problems with your home. You will also have to disclose the known presence of mold if you later place your home for sale.
Some of the important steps you can take include the following:
All homes can be a place where mold grows. Mold requires a surface to grow on, warmth, darkness and oxygen, all of which are present in all structures. When moisture is added to this combination, mold can grow. Some areas that you should inspect for mold include the following:
Because of the potential health risks of mold, it is important to have the home tested for mold. It is important to locate all locations where mold may be present so that it can be removed properly. It is usually best to hire a certified professional for this task because home mold testing kits are often unreliable.
While some people may try to remove the mold themselves, you are safer to hire a professional. This may be expensive, but it is important to protect your health and the value of your home. Look for a reputable company with good reviews.
Once the mold is removed, be sure that you perform preventative maintenance so that the mold does not reemerge. Some ways to prevent mold include:
Check under your home – If you have crawl space, periodically check under your home to make sure there is no standing water under your home that could jeopardize its foundation or lead to mold.
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