Mold and mold spores are a natural part of the environment. Mold spores spread through the air, and small amounts of mold spores are common in every environment, both indoor and outdoor. To really grow in excess, mold needs moisture, so the best way to control the presence of mold in your home is to control the moisture. This includes keeping the humidity low (the EPA recommends levels below 60%) and keeping appliances that use water and plumbing systems in good repair to reduce the likelihood of leaks or failures.
There are plenty of reasons to be cautious when it comes to mold. Not only can mold in your home cause health concerns, but it can also affect the structural integrity of your home over time. One step you can take to ensure a healthy home environment is to have a professional mold inspection conducted of your home. This mold inspection will give you a complete picture of all areas of you home, including common problem areas like crawlspaces and attics.
If you have experienced any of the following events, it is time to schedule a mold inspection for your own peace of mind:
- New odors: Mold usually creates a distinctive musty odor.
- Signs of water damage: Yellow water stains or other signs of water damage like bubbling drywall should be addressed quickly.
- Water leaks: Keep alert for leaks from pipes, your hot water heater, washing machine hoses and any other areas where water is used.
- Visible mold: Mold comes in many different colors and shapes, but if you see mold, it is a good idea to consult a mold professional.
The sooner that mold problems are identified and rectified, the better. Keep your home healthier with a thorough mold inspection.