People who are in the process of listing their homes on the market or purchasing a home often have questions regarding mold and the detection of it. Most home buyers and sellers already know that mold is very toxic and a threat to their families as well as their homes. However, many of them are unsure if the problem exists and how they can detect it. They’ll ask questions such as:
- “Don’t all homes contain small amounts of mold?”
- “How can I tell if I have a mold problem?”
- “Is mold more common in older homes than newer ones?”
- “My son is always coughing. Does that mean there is mold in our home?”
The only way to properly determine if you have a mold problem as well as the extent of it is to have a mold inspector come out and test for it. There are 3 types of tests that can be performed – 1) air testing, 2) bulk testing, and 3) surface testing.
These tests can be used to complete the home inspections by the leading home inspectors. It is best to work with a licensed, insured and bonded company.
The Warning Signs
Mold exhibits some very noticeable signs. If you notice any of the following warning signs around your home, you should consider contacting a mold inspection service:
- Health symptoms – the mycotoxins found in black mold can cause a number of health problems, especially for those suffering with asthma and other respiratory problems. It can also affect your skin and eventually cause damage to your internal organs.
- Mold smell – giving your home the “sniff” (inside or out) is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you have mold growing in your home. It smells damp and musty; it’s a very distinguishable smell and one that you will never forget.
- Past flooding – there’s a high risk of ending up with a mold problem if your home has been through a flood. The best thing you can do is contact a mold remediation service or a professional who specializes in water damage.
- Visible growth – obviously, if you can see mold, then there’s no doubt that a problem exists. However, only a professional can determine how much you can’t see. This is often the scariest part of having a mold problem.
- Water leaks – another key warning sign is current or past water leaks. Whether you had a leaky pipe or a roof leak, the moisture produced by these occurrences is often overlooked and not easily detected by the average homeowner.
For additional information about the possibility of mold in your home, contact Florida Inspections Unlimited at 305-910-1171. We’d like to be of assistance when you need your home checked for mold.