As a homeowner, you understand the importance of conducting mold inspections to assure the air quality of your home and therefore the health of your family. You’ve probably heard what some of the effects may entail. Unless you’re also a specialist in the field, you may not know exactly what it means to find evidence of mold in the home.
Determining the Presence of Mold
The first thing to understand is how it is determined whether or not your house has mold growth. The potential is in every house as mold spores are already present in all organic building materials. That includes the paper coatings on your drywall and insulation as well as the wooden structure inside the wall. Those spores need moisture to grow into actual mold. With that said, a typical mold inspection tests the levels of moisture inside your walls and uses scientific data to determine if it is enough to start a cycle of mold growth.
The Extent of the Mold
Once formed, mold can only get worse. Without going into a deep biology based explanation, essentially each mold cell holds more moisture than it needs to survive, allowing more spores to cannibalize it to form more mold. If the source of moisture is obvious and quickly repaired, such as a roof leak or broken pipe, the mold still has what it needs to continue to spread. In worse cases, the cause can be as simple as a portion of compromised roofing or siding which allows humidity into the walls. An experienced professional is trained to find these problems and recommend a fix.
Unfortunately, depending on the extent of the mold, removing can be an extensive project which requires the replacement of everything covered in mold. If caught in time, there are easier ways of mold removal. Bleach will kill the existing mold, but the chlorine evaporates faster than the water it is suspended in, leaving another source of moisture to grow more mold. Professionals use specialty solutions which kill the mold and prevent new growth.
Once you understand the nature of mold growth, you realize how important it is to have regular inspections and catch before it spreads. Odds are you’ll have several inspections prove the absence of mold. However, when an inspection does find it, you’ll realize how much money you’ve saved by catching it in time to prevent the extensive repairs it can cause later.