Monday, June 20, 2016

Mold: What You Need to Know

The US Census Bureau reports that approximately 35 percent of American homes will experience water damage each year, and that damage creates the potential for mold growth. Here are some facts about mold that every homeowner should know.

The Risks

Mold can be hazardous to your health. There are many varieties of mold, and not all are dangerous, but some can cause allergic reactions, asthma, neurological problems, and other serious health symptoms. If symptoms associated with these conditions worsen while at home, the residence may have mold. Mold testing can help you determine if the property has an infestation and the severity of any mold growth.

The Signs

Don’t ignore the signs of mold. Mold is often difficult to detect, but it may be present if there's a musty smell or small patches of a dirt-like substance in moisture-rich places like the bathroom or basement. Mold appears in a variety of colors, including black, brown, green, and white.

Reduce the Risk

Keeping moisture at a minimum can reduce the chances of a mold infestation. Keep an eye on increases in the water bill for overages because this may be a sign of leaking pipes. Address any water leaks as soon as possible to prevent mold growth.

Mold can grow at an exponential rate, so professional mold testing should be performed at the first signs of infestation.