There is a time when you can handle the mold in your home and a time when it’s gone too far and there is a need to call in a professional. The information below will help you decide when you should get a professional mold inspection for your home.
First, consider having a professional mold inspection done before purchasing a home. Next, consider a mold inspection if you are seeing or smelling mold in your current home. The best advice we can give is to know what to look for so you’re not wasting your money or threatening the health of your family.
New Home Purchase
If a lender is involved in the purchase of a home, there will typically be a home inspection report completed. This report in most cases points out any existing mold problems. However, mold can form in as little as 72 hours. Furthermore, by the time you see the house, the home inspection could be weeks old. Due to this, let your eyes and your nose determine whether you should have a mold assessment done.
When looking to purchase a home, take the initiative to look at pipes under the sinks. Next, check the area around the bottom of the bathtub and the area of the wall where it connects to the tub. If there are any signs of water damage, you’ll want to have a mold inspection done.
In your current home you’ll want to check for mold in multiple areas. If at any time there were any leaks in your current home and they’ve been fixed, be sure to check that area for weak boards, soaked boards that could possibly be weeks or months old and are first showing signs of damage. Mold may also present itself in an area you don’t frequently visit in your home. Let your nose guide you, as mold may manifest itself as a musty smell.
Is your family sick and nothing seems to be helping? It may be time for a professional mold inspection. Illnesses caused by mold often times mimic asthma, cold, and flu symptoms. If medications and/or time are not healing the symptoms, consider having a professional mold inspection done.
Typical mold, like what you’d find in the refrigerator or on your bread in the cabinet, does not call for a professional mold assessment. Simply remove the spoiled items and clean the surfaces properly. Your local home improvement store will have a mold cleaner that you can use for the inside of refrigerators and other appliances.
If you’re not sure what type of mold you have, give us a call at 920.435.2288. At CCS Property Services, we offer a FREE mold assessment. We’ll send one of our certified technicians to your home and determine if mold is present. In addition, our technicians will then offer ideas to correct the situation. Recently, we even came across this great article on how to test for mold in the air, which is jam-packed full of information that you could benefit from.
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