What Do I Do If I See Mold?
Mold spores exist in most environments and are generally harmless. However, under the right conditions, mold spores are activated, causing them to grow exponentially, bringing with them a number of potential hazards.
If you’ve notice mold growing in your home, smell a musty odor, or are experiencing unexplained health issues, you might have a mold problem. Common symptoms associated with mold exposure include respiratory issues, congestion, sore throat, coughing, blurry vision and irritated eyes, body aches and pains, and fever.
While mold can grow anywhere that there is excessive moisture, it is most commonly found in areas that are naturally wet or experience a higher frequency of water leaks, such as kitchens and bathrooms, as well as crawlspaces, basements, and attics.
Mold Testing Options
Once a homeowner is aware of a mold problem in their home, they usually want to know what type of mold they have and whether or not it is a particularly hazardous strain. There are a lot of products available on the market for DIY mold testing. However, these home testing kits are usually a waste of money because they just confirm the suspicion that a mold issue exists, without actually providing any valuable information. Verifying that mold is present is not nearly as important as figuring out what is causing it and then taking the steps to repair that issue and stop the mold growth.
Verifying that mold is present is not nearly as important as figuring out what is causing it and then taking the steps to repair that issue and stop the mold growth.
When to Call an Expert
Many times, the source of a mold problem is hidden behind walls or underneath floorboards. A small amount of mold, even as small as a couple of square feet, may just be the tip of the iceberg in indicating a serious mold problem. While it’s possible for homeowners to determine the cause of mold growth and repair the issue on their own, many mold problems should be evaluated and treated by a professional company that is trained in identifying, removing, and remediating damage from mold.
Choosing an Expert
Mold is destructive to both health and home, so it’s important that any mold remediation be completed by a trustworthy company. When choosing a mold removal company, look for an established company with a history of satisfied customers who can vouch for their services. A professional contractor should have the appropriate licenses and certifications for mold removal in your jurisdiction. Reputable mold remediation companies provide an initial estimate that details the area to be fixed, the amount of time and materials needed to complete the work, how they will dispose of contaminated materials and clean up the area.