Mold, it’s a scary word. Yet it is something that can be found in more than one place in many homes, much to the surprise of the homeowner. The presence of this toxic substance is not a sign of an unkempt home; even the tidiest home can be subjected to it. This reason alone makes it essential that everyone does their own mold inspection periodically. Since we just came off of the season of cold weather, now is the perfect time to take a look around your home.
What can Mold Do?
If this toxic substance is so hard to detect without careful inspection, is it really that harmful? The truth is – yes it is very harmful. Exposure to even a small amount of mold over a period of time can cause serious health complications. For those people that are sensitive to it, they could suffer respiratory issues, complicate their existing asthma, have eye irritation or gastrointestinal issues. People that have a compromised immune system are very susceptible, but everyone is at risk, regardless of the status of their health.
Where to Look
Knowing where mold is most commonly found will help you inspect your home to determine its presence. First, you should know that it can be on the interior or exterior of your home. It can enter through roofs that are leaking, windows that are not properly sealed or anywhere that a flood has occurred. Take a close inspection of doorways and windows to see if the seal is broken or there is any other damage that could allow the moisture into your home, creating a breeding ground for mold. You should also check areas around the windows and doors, including furniture, walls and carpet. Pay close attention to areas in your attic and basement as they both provide dark, damp areas which allow for quick growth of this substance.
What you Should Do
If you find mold anywhere in your home, it is important to have it removed properly. If it is not a large amount and you are comfortable doing it yourself, you can. If not, it might be necessary to call a professional. Once it is removed, you should determine if you need to fix or replace your leaking windows, roof or gutters to prevent it from coming back into your home.