What To Do if You Suspect Mold in Your HouseDecember 13, 2017 8:00 am
Most homeowners fear mold, and there’s a valid reason for it. In addition to being able to cause a surprising amount of structural damage to your home, molds can also make you sick by inducing headaches, rashes and asthma attacks. Plus, these annoying fungi can easily infest your entire house if they’re not discovered in time, eventually leading to costly repairs. Therefore, dealing with mold early can be of crucial importance to your budget.
If you think you might have mold in your house, you should test for it immediately. These days, mold testing kits should set you back just $10 to $50; however, it’s important to note that these kits can be somewhat unreliable. If you want to be sure, you’ll have to hire a mold inspection company.
In case you do discover mold in your house, don’t start panicking just yet. Most houses have at least some mold, and it’s not always the dangerous kind. If the infested area is smaller than 10 square feet, you can easily deal with the problem yourself. Many websites are offering information about the mold removal process; in most cases, you’ll want to ventilate the room and treat the infested area with a mixture of chlorine bleach and water.
If you’re dealing with more mold than you can handle, your best course of action is to contact the professionals. Before choosing a mold removal company, however, keep in mind that you should look out for possible scams and price gouging. Wait for multiple bids before settling on a company, and check whether they’re licensed before welcoming them into your home.
Even if you don’t find any mold, don’t let your guard down too much. Doing regular maintenance is the best way to ensure that mold stays out of your home for good. For example, looking around your sinks, showers and other water fixtures should become a part of your routine. Cleaning out the gutter and taking care of roof leaks are also good ideas. None of these tasks will take up too much of your time, and your chances of getting mold will be significantly reduced.
Finally, you should occasionally pay a visit to any dark and damp places in your house. Your crawl space might not get a lot of visits, and that’s exactly what makes it a potential destination for mold growth. Drop by it from time to time, just to make sure everything’s in order.
Vincent J. Attardo is the President/CEO of Coastline Environmental Solutions, Inc. He provides Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) investigations, mold and bacteria testing, water damage/mold remediation and repair, and is available for consultation and public speaking. For more information please visit www.coastlineclean.com. Readers may contact him at 800-847-3867 or email at [email protected]