If you have reason to believe you have mold growing in your house, you should take immediate action to get rid of it. The longer mold remains in your home, the more likely it will create negative health implications for you, and potentially damage the structure of your home.
Here are a few of the most common signs of mold that indicate you need to order mold testing in Pitkin County, CO:
- Allergies: If you are having more problems than usual with your allergies, this could be because there is mold growing in your home. Mold commonly produces reactions such as sneezing, runny noses, congestion, sore eyes and other similar symptoms. This is especially true if you notice your allergies are worse at home than when you are elsewhere.
- Smelling moisture or mold: Sometimes mold produces a very stale, distinguishable smell. Even if you don’t see mold growing, those odors could indicate its presence behind walls or in places you cannot see. If you notice such a smell, you should conduct a thorough home inspection before the problems get worse.
- Seeing mold: Visible mold is not always as obvious as one might expect. Many people see mold growing and think it’s just dirt or debris. Even people who actually see it growing oftentimes ignore its presence. But if you notice the mold, you should take instant action, even if it’s only a small patch. Those small patches can grow larger and spread, and as soon as the conditions in your home are right for mold, there’s a chance it’ll begin growing elsewhere. The last thing you want is to have a major mold problem that you could have avoided by taking action early on.
- Water damage or problems: If you have any moisture problems in your house over a longer period of time, mold is almost inevitable. So if you uncover water stains or discoloration on floors, walls or ceilings, you should get them looked at before the mold has a chance to set in. The same is true with water leaks. Leaking pipes and ceilings can become hotbeds for mold growth, so you should correct those leaks as soon as you can to prevent the mold from growing.
- Condensation: Areas in your home with a high amount of condensation, such as a bathroom or kitchen, are far more susceptible to mold than other areas of your home. Therefore, you should make sure you have proper ventilation in these areas at all times. Installing a bathroom fan, for example, or a ventilation shaft over your stove can go a long way toward keeping that condensation and moisture from building up and forming mold.
- Flooding: If you have recently (or ever) experienced a flood, the chances of mold growing are significantly more likely. Make sure you take appropriate actions after a flood to get rid of as much moisture as you can, and remove any contaminated items from your home.
For more information about mold testing in Pitkin County, CO, contact us today at HealthSafe Inspections, Inc.
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