Mold can be a very serious problem in many homes. Unfortunately, it often goes undetected for long periods of time, which means to mold problems can grow very quickly. Once mold has started growing in your home, it’s very important to find and remove all the mold and any contaminated materials before the problem gets worse. Fortunately, in most cases, an average home inspection will not include black mold testing and inspections. However, you do need to hire an expert mold inspector to thoroughly inspect your house for potential problems such as black mold.
So, just to help you know if you might need a black mold inspection, here’s a short guide to help you know if you might need one: If you start to notice water damage on your walls or floors (which could indicate the presence of mold), you should definitely get a mold inspection. You would want to make sure that any water damage, whether it’s from dripping pipes or leaking appliances, is cleaned up promptly. It’s also important to make sure that you’ve taken all possible preventative measures to avoid flooding in the future. So, first make sure your basement or crawlspace is dry, then clean up any excess water and get any excess moisture out of the house.
Secondly, if you start to see signs of mold growth on your drywall or ceiling insulation, you should probably get a professional mold inspection done. If you have found mold growth on drywall or ceiling insulation, you should call a certified mold remediation service right away. The longer you wait to have the problem fixed, the more chance there is that it will spread and become much worse. In fact, mold growth on drywall or ceiling insulation is one of the leading causes of false leak alarms that trigger a water damage rescue mission in the house.
If you’re exposed to elevated temperatures for prolonged periods of time, you might also develop a mold allergy. In fact, mold allergies often develop after prolonged exposure to mold and the most common mold allergies are asthma and hay fever. Some people develop an immune system deficiency that can be attributed to mold exposure as well. A professional mold inspection can detect any mold growth in the house and help identify which particular type of mold may have compromised the immune system.
Finally, if you’re having trouble with water damage in your basement or crawlspace, you should definitely get a mold inspection performed. Basements and crawlspaces that are not properly sealed are ideal breeding grounds for toxic spores and can lead to serious health hazards. Many types of mold are particularly toxic and can cause severe respiratory and circulatory problems, even if they aren’t seen or discovered on the surface. Mold remediation professionals can help prevent such problems from developing by locating where the water damage is originating from and eliminating it with effective cleaning and disinfecting techniques.
When you think you have a mold problem, don’t wait to contact a mold inspection professional. Waiting to see whether or not the problem develops or worsens can lead to more serious health issues down the road. For example, some types of mold are known to cause allergies, as well as nose and throat irritations and other types of health problems. If you suspect a mold problem but aren’t sure for sure, you should immediately contact a mold inspection service to get an assessment of the situation and determine the best course of action.
As mentioned above, there are many different types of mold and the effects of their presence on the health of humans and pets vary according to type and individual-specific mold exposure. In general, there are five different types of mold that can cause a range of health concerns. Each type of mold has specific characteristics that make it more likely to be problematic and require a different approach to treatment. Therefore, it’s important to have your mold inspection done by a trained and certified professional who can advise you on the specific mold type that you have, the most likely way it will spread and the proper steps to take to solve the problem. Along with this, the inspection should also include a neurological exam to look for any neurological or psychological issues that could be related to the specific mold symptoms you are experiencing.
Some common types of mold include: black mold (believed to be associated with drywall) and yeast, which commonly grows in basements and attics. If your home or building has been built before 1978 and has not been fully remodeled, you could be in danger of health problems from mold if you have any damp or wet areas in your house. Whether you experience runny nose, headaches, sneezing and/or strange itching around your eyes, watery eyes and a general sense of sickness, you should contact a mold inspection company as soon as possible, to avoid the serious health problems that mold often brings.