Have you considered getting a mold inspection? If you think there may be hazardous mold lurking in the deep dark crevices of your home, a home mold inspection might just be what you need to clean up this ghastly presence.
Why get a mold inspection? Mold is not only ugly, it can be hazardous to the health of your family. Mold spores floating around your home might seem as innocent as dust particles, and basically in most cases they are. But, when mold plants its roots and develops into a toxic strain, it becomes a dangerous situation.
Some of your family members might be allergic to mold. An allergic reaction to mold is more severe than other allergic reactions. Serious respiratory problems could develop. Small children, the elderly and people with chronic respiratory conditions are even more susceptible.
Testing for Mold
The experts in housing and the environment recommend you get an experienced investigator to determine if your home has a mold problem. The investigation begins with a background on the house. Has there been flooding? Have you had a leaky roof? Have you had leaky plumbing? If the answer to these questions is yes, then there is a very good chance you have mold.
How will an inspector conduct his mold inspection? The investigator will check for visible signs of mold, moldy odors and any other indicators. A deeper look will reveal how far the problem has spread. The larger the area affected, the higher the concentration will be in the in air. This is important in assessing the health risk.
Once the size of the affected area is determined, the clean up can begin. The investigator will decide how to tackle the problem, who should do the clean up and what isolation strategies are needed to protect the occupants of home and their belongings. After identifying the type of mold, the investigator can determine what protective gear the workers will need.
In the most cases, the homeowner already has everything needed to start cleaning up the mold. You don’t necessarily need to know the type of mold growing in your home before starting a removal plan.
When Does the Type of Mold Matter
There are some situations when knowing the exact type of mold is important. If you are involved in a law suit, for example. If you are the owner of a new home and believe the builder was careless and is responsible for allowing mold to grow or if you are tenant trying to get action from the landlord, litigation might be required. Your lawyer may want to have the mold identified to help with your case.