Mold growth inside and outside homes is a growing problem in the country. Many people never realize they have a problem until a home inspection is done. Depending on the climate, some homes are more likely to develop mold problems than others. People who have been subject to flood damage or intense moisture for long periods of time, for example, may discover mold growing on, under, or inside their homes. Most homeowners don’t regularly inspect their homes for mold, but they can find signs or symptoms. Here are some of the tell-tale signs that a home has a problem and mold needs to be removed.
Most molds have a pungent odor. If the house starts to smell but you can’t find the source, mold may be the culprit. Most types grow in cool, moist, dark spaces.
Moldy residue in the shower can be a problem for some homeowners, especially in humid climates. It can be killed and controlled. However, visible residue may just be the tip of the iceberg. Homes with damp bathrooms and foundations can be ripe for additional mold problems, including under the porch or house, along window sills, and other damp, shaded areas. Look for patches of typically black growth. There are different types with different types of properties. Some are more toxic than others. Common places where mold can appear include ceilings, interior walls, under carpets, in the basement, along window frames, and in the bathroom.
Black mold is often a health risk for people with allergies. However, in large amounts, it can also cause problems for people without allergies. Symptoms include frequent nasal congestion, itchy or watery eyes, and lethargy. When people feel better in other settings, this may be a sign that they may have significant growth in, on, or under the house. Diagnosing the problem is perhaps the most difficult part of the process. Treatment of the disease can be managed with antibiotics, but unless the site is treated and the problem eliminated, health problems will continue.
A professional mold removal contractor will have the experience to do it right the first time. While the problem may be handled by the homeowner as a DIY project, mold removal companies usually have access to more effective cleaning solutions and equipment. Drying and containment are two of the most common solutions to this problem. Demolition, however, is sometimes necessary. Reduction specialists should be hired for removal, rather than a novice attempting it on their own.