What should you know about mold?

Mold is a common occurrence in homes across the U.S., with the ability to grow anywhere moisture can accumulate, undetected over time. Mold spores are known to grow in both indoor and outdoor environments, often entering the home through the air.

Some of the most common pathways mold spores follow include ventilation systems, open windows and doorways, as well as by direct contact with those inside the house by latching onto clothes or bags.

Mold spores grow over time, especially when not detected. Many buildings and homes are often insulated or built with products that create a sustainable mold growth environment, such as cardboard, ceiling tiles and wood products. Wallpapers, accumulated dust and drywall can also cause mold growth when wet.

In addition to the issues mold can cause to overall home structure, it can also cause serious adverse health effects. Some of the most common health effects appear in the form of allergy-like symptoms. These include eye irritation, wheezing, skin irritation and nasal problems.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, a report conducted by the Institute of Medicine found that repeated indoor exposure to mold can lead to upper respiratory infections in otherwise healthy individuals. It can also cause allergies to develop, as well as other serious illnesses.

Schedule an inspection with Alban . We will conduct an investigation into how the mold has entered the home, where it is growing and take samples of any found. By determining the home issues that are causing mold growth, more can be done to stop it, and prevent it from occurring again in the future.

After a mold inspection, whatever is found must be tested by a laboratory to identify its type and all other steps that may need to be taken.

The cost of a home inspection is often less than the serious health effects that can add up over time without one.