In an earlier article, we discussed some of the effects of mold on the residents of a home where it has spread. The most basic facts that were mentioned are that mold is a fungus that grows naturally and can't be completely avoided, but a steady cleaning regimen will significantly limit the risks of a rampant infestation.
Here are a few more facts about mold to consider:
Know the health risks: While analyzing the health of your home, it's wise to be aware of how an infection may be affecting the health of your home's inhabitants. Sneezing, runny noses, itchy eyes and other allergy-like symptoms can all be indicators of mold in the home. Mold can also induce asthma attacks and, in the most extreme cases, memory loss and cases of cancer. There are some over-the-counter medications that will help with the milder symptoms, but if you suggest that someone in the home has been seriously affected by mold, it's imperative to have him or her taken to a healthcare provider.
Moisture control: Moisture is essentially the lifeblood of mold. If you suspect that a mold infestation is in your house, searching for water damage, especially in dark places like the basement, is an ideal first step to take. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in the interest of control the moisture of your home, recommends keeping your humidity level below 50 percent and using air conditioners in humid months.
Checking for ventilation in the kitchens and bathrooms is also an effective preventative tactic, as is turning on a fan when showering. Also, keeping a thick carpet in the bathroom is also discouraged as it can become a breeding ground for the fungus.
If you have concerns about a mold infestation, scheduling a home inspection may be in your best interests. If you live in the Virginia or Washington, D.C., area and would like to learn more about your options, contact industry-leader Alban Inspections today for a quality home inspection.