The Signs of Household Mold
Being exposed to mold is always unhealthy, but some strains are more toxic than others. If you have a mold problem or suspect you may have a mold problem the issue will always stem from an unchecked moisture issue. This is why the best way to deal with mold is by preventing it from happening in the first place by checking for common areas of moisture build-up. If mold has already begun to take root, or worse, then you should still look for what caused the mold. Such areas may include faulty pipes, or areas of unchecked condensation, such as found in a bathroom. A recent flooding may have also been the cause of your mold growth. The following article will deal with whether you should test your home for mold.
If you’re able to see visible traces of mold in your home, skip the inspection all-together and work on not only removing the mold but getting rid of what caused it in the first place.
You may not be able to see mold but you can smell it. This is a situation where carrying out a mold inspection may be appropriate because it will help you test for whether there is too much mold in an area and also help you locate where the mold is. One of the most common sources of mold growth is where there are water leaks due to plumbing issues. This is particularly problematic for pipes that are behind walls.
Another factor to consider is if you have a health issue that your doctor has trouble explaining—a condition known as sick building syndrome. You may experience headaches, sneeze, cough, etc. that are all symptoms of being exposed to mold. A mold inspection for your home may provide you some proof of what may be causing your health problem.
If you decide to get the air in your home tested for mold, be careful about using do it yourself mold test kits. More often than not these kits will provide you with inaccurate information or provide difficult to interpret results without the eye of a professional. This is why the U.S Government EPA recommends sampling for mold to be conducted with professionals experienced in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods, sample analysis, and interpretation of results.
Qualified mold inspectors are engineers with expert training to ensure accuracy, along with possessing wherewithal for where to test for mold and knowledge for determining which kind of mold may be growing in your home.
Consider testing for mold if you experience any of the following conditions…
• You smell a musty odor (this is more often than not caused by mold)
• You have moisture issues, such as by frequently leaking pipes, condensation build-up, or recently flooded homes.
• People in the house have symptoms related to exposure to mold
• You think there is hidden mold in your house you can’t locate
• One of the members of your household has a condition that is exacerbated by the presence of mold, such as severe allergies, immune system disorders, respiratory problems, and asthma.