The discovery of mold in a home can be a daunting experience for homeowners. Although the idea of panicking may be your first thought, don't.
Mold is a dangerous fungal growth often associated with a musty, old smell. It has been known to hide in bathrooms, laundry rooms and basements, where damp darkness flourishes.
One way to prevent mold growth is to call a home inspection company such as Alban Inspections. Even if no mold is found during an inspection, other issues affecting the home may come to light. Keep the following three benefits in mind when deciding whether to test for mold in your home.
- Addressing the root of the cause: Finding the mold is only one piece of the inspection process. Although a homeowner may be able to find mold on his or her own, finding the source of the outbreak is even more important. If the cause of the mold is not eliminated, chances are it will come back, risking homeowner health and finances.
- Avoiding eventual spreading: A homeowner may be able to eliminate some of the mold on his or her own, but doing so many cause it to spread to other areas. If mold is handled in an unsafe manner, its spores will often be released into the air, causing it to take root elsewhere in the house.
- Decreasing health risks: Once mold is discovered, it should be removed immediately. Mold can agitate as well as cause health issues such as coughing and sneezing, in addition to serious medical problems such as lung disease.