There are several ways to suspect mold has gotten a hold in your house. The first sign is usually a lingering musty odor. This can be especially prominent in areas of your home that tend to stay damp. It may be you or someone else sneezes and coughs a lot while in your home but not when they go outside or leave completely. These are all signs of mold infestation and needs to be dealt with quickly.
Molds only need air and water to grow. They can colonize on just about any surface be it carpet, wood, food scraps, or even the foundation stones under your house. It is because of the many ways mold can grow and the various types, that it is always recommended you get a professional mold remediation inspector to check your home from top to bottom. Not only will they know the trouble spots to look it, they also know the types of molds and the proper procedures to get rid of the problem.
The following are common mold growth areas that need to be checked or
- Check any area inside or out that may have developed a leak problem.
- Use a dehumidifier to dry out areas where condensation collects frequently.
- Clean out vents, especially those that run through a crawlspace.
- Inspect areas under sinks and wherever PVC piping carries water.
- Keep the drip pan of your HVAC unit clean.
- Perform twice yearly checks on the HVAC unit.
- Make sure dryer is vented outside properly.
- Check drains and guttering so water can be moved away from your basement and walls.
- Clean up water spills and wet spots immediately so it doesn’t soak into the surface.
Since some molds are very good at hiding, it is best to add a professional inspection occasionally as a backup for your daily home care. This is especially critical if you smell mold but still can’t find it. Remodeling can break into hidden mold colonies and spread it all over. Removing wallpaper from older homes is especially dangerous as the colonies can grow for years between the layers and them be spread as the paper is ripped off.
With the many health problems linked to molds in the home or workplace, this is not an optional maintenance. Protecting yourself, your family, or your customers should always be a top priority and a regular mold remediation inspection will go a long way towards affecting that outcome.