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One good thing about mold— is if you have a mold problem, you can see it. A visual inspection is all that it takes to find mold in your house. A few situations should make you look for mold problems in your house.
Water damage. If your house or building is flooded, the roof leaks, or a broken pipe sprays water all over the kitchen or inside a wall, you must inspect for mold. Any place that got wet and was not quickly dried (within 24 to 48 hours) could become contaminated by mold.
Purchasing a new home. There is no way to know what kind of water damage may have happened in the house you are planning to buy. The only way to find out if mold is present is to do a mold inspection.
After a house has been unoccupied. If a house has been closed up and unoccupied for months or years, humidity could have built up inside and caused mold to grow. This is especially a problem in warmer areas with high humidity.
After mold remediation. If you have gone through the often expensive and difficult steps to deal with a mold problem, regular mold inspections are a good idea to make sure you really got rid of it all.
You see some mold. If you notice some green, blue, black, or white stuff growing in your house, do a mold inspection to ensure you find it all. It might not be restricted to one location.
What is mold?
Mold is a fungus, and like all fungi, it thrives in moist places. Mold spreads by emitting spores, and microscopic particles that are often as small as a single cell. Spores float around in the air until they land on a surface. Mold spores are everywhere, outdoors as well as inside your house. It would be practically impossible to remove all mold spores from a house without installing some kind of massive industrial clean room filtration system.
Luckily, mold spores only form mold when they land on a moist surface. That means that if you can keep the interior of your home dry and keep the "Relative Humidity" level below 60%, you will avoid any mold problems. The best way to prevent mold in your home is to clean up spills, repair leaks in your roof, plumbing, or HVAC system, and make sure your kitchen and bathroom are properly venting moisture out of the house.
There are two major reasons to clean up and remove any mold growing in your house: mold damages the surface it is growing on and mold may aggravate allergies or asthma.
Professional Inspector, License #7843 Certified Mold Assessment Consultant MAC1516 Texas Pest Control License #10739 Huntsville, TX 77340
Michael is a Professional Home Inspector and our owner/operator (TREC7843). He has been inspecting homes throughout the North Houston area for more than 18 years. His knowledge, attentiveness, and professionalism have been enjoyed by thousands of previous customers.
“It’s my goal to help each client make informed decisions when buying a home. I also want to help ensure that you’re living in a healthy environment.”
Getting rid of mold in your house can be a major task, and remediation can be expensive if the mold is widespread. The best solution to mold problems is to prevent them from ever happening.
Here are some tips on preventing mold:
Repair leaks promptly. Whether it is a leak in your roof or a damaged water pipe, fix leaks and keep moisture out of your house.
Clean and dry things promptly. If your home or building floods or condensation from your air-conditioner drips onto a carpet, drywall, or wood flooring, dry everything out within 24 to 48 hours. Mold needs moisture to grow, so prompt drying is vital.
Control humidity. Extremely humid air can provide enough moisture for mold to form on some surfaces. Use a dehumidifier and run air-conditioning when possible during the summer. Install vents in your kitchen and bathroom. This will keep humidity down and keep moisture under control.
Mold is a serious problem, and spotting mold contamination before it grows out of control can save you thousands of dollars. This makes the cost of a mold inspection well worth a few hundred dollars when you are buying a new house. The important thing is, if you see mold in your house, you need to get rid of it as soon as possible.
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The International Association of Indoor Air Consultants (IAC2) is the non-profit, certifying body for home and building inspectors who have fulfilled certain educational and testing requirements including those in the area of indoor air quality.