There will always be mold in your home in the form of spores and pieces of mold cells. The presence of mold in the air is normal. On the other hand, one should not let mold grow and multiply indoors. Mold is one word homeowners never want to hear. When this happens, your level of exposure can increase, thereby increasing the risk of potential health problems. From nasal congestion to coughing to skin irritation, the effects of mold can be problematic, especially for young children, the elderly, and those with breathing concerns.
Building materials, household goods, and furnishings may also be damaged. Frequently, we find mold growing on the back of furniture that is pushed up against a wall. That smell could be caused by mold spores accumulating in places like old shoes stored in closets or carpets with mildew growths. HVAC systems and closets are notorious for having mold problems because they often have a colder temperature and little ventilation. Mold cannot grow in environments that lack moisture. If you get rid of the moisture, you’ll keep the mold from growing.
The living spaces, including bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, and especially laundry rooms and bathrooms can support mold growth too.
Be on the lookout for signs of mold from issues like:
- Leaks around windows and doors due to wood rot, caulking cracks, and faulty installations.
- High humidity rooms such as laundry rooms and bathrooms that aren’t ventilated properly.
- Leaks from refrigerator ice maker lines, dishwasher, and washing machine connections.
- Lack of exhaust ventilation in areas of high humidity such as kitchens and bathrooms
- General plumbing leaks
Indoor mold growth can usually be seen or smelled. If you can smell an earthy or musty odor, you may have a mold problem and you should call for professional assistance right away. A mold inspection is the best first step to take when a homeowner suspects a mold problem.
Sterling Home Inspection Services, Inc. is qualified to perform a thorough Mold Inspection on your home to ensure that everything is as it should be and can help guide you to make sure that your home is completely safe.