Mold can damage your property and the structure of your home as well as triggering nasty respiratory symptoms. If you have mold growing in your home, it’s essential to find and eliminate it as soon as possible to minimize the damage. If you’ve noticed any of the following, you should consider having a professional test your building.
- You’ve seen mold
Mold spores are everywhere. They are harmless until they land on a damp surface and are allowed to grow. Outdoors, mold helps break down organic matter, but you don’t want it growing inside your home. If you have, or think you have, mold, we can confirm it, identify the type, and offer recommendations for safe removal. Some types of mold are more hazardous to your health than others. If you have symptoms that you think might be caused by mold, you can take our report to your doctor. Our reports will also detail the extent of the mold and recommendations for repair.
- Musty or moldy smell, especially if it’s stronger with the windows and doors closed
Visible mold consists of thousands of microscopic spores that love to settle and grow in damp, dark, undisturbed places. For these reasons, it is likely that you’ll smell mold before you actually see it. Catching and treating mold now can prevent significant damage to your home and property.
- You or an adjoining neighbor has has a water leak
Mold only grows in damp conditions. If have a water leak, it only takes a few days for mold to take hold. If you live in an apartment, duplex, or other type of connected dwelling and one of your neighbors has had a leak, you can be affected. It is vital that the leak be repaired and building materials dried out quickly, before mold can grow. A professional can help you determine the extent of moisture and recommend an effective solution to dry things out, as well as following up to ensure everything is dried thoroughly.
- Being indoors aggravates allergy symptoms or asthma
Any time you have allergy or asthma symptoms flare up is a good indication there are allergens present. A professional can test your home for not just mold, but dust mites, pet dander, rodents, and roaches.
- Indoor air feels damp
If your home feels damp, you could have unseen moisture that could provide a hospitable environment for mold. We can help you find where the moisture is coming from and suggest strategies you can use to keep mold from settling in and growing.
- Water condenses inside windows
Condensation on the inside of your windows is a good indication that you have a lot of moisture, or at least humidity, in your home. We can help you determine where it is coming from and suggest ways to lower the amount of moisture and humidity in your home.
- Illness in pets
Many pets are just as sensitive as humans to poor air quality, sometimes more so. If your pet is ill and you can’t seem to determine, you may have mold or other air quality issues in your home.
- Water tends to puddle against exterior walls
While it may seem like it, the exterior walls of your home are not an impenetrable barrier against the world outside. Overspray from sprinklers, rainwater that isn’t effectively routed away from the building, and other water sources can all soak into the walls and cause damage to the building material inside.
- Mold is growing on furniture or stored items
In severe cases, you might discover mold growing on furniture that sits up against the wall, especially furniture that isn’t moved frequently. Closets are also common places for mold to grow. Typically situated against outside walls and/or plumbing, most closets have little or no ventilation. If you have a closet that you use to store rarely used items and don’t clean them out regularly, they could be prime real estate for mold.
- You are moving
This one isn’t an indication of potential mold growth so much as it is a good idea. Whether you are buying or renting a new property, it’s a good idea to have it checked out before you sign a lease or contract and hand over your hard earned cash. We can check the property over for moisture, mold, or other air quality issues so you can focus on the rest of your move.
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