Mold in your home can cause structural damage and more importantly can cause ill health. Young children and elderly people tend to have problems with mold in the home. Anyone with pre-existing breathing problems such as asthma can be especially vulnerable, as can somebody with allergy problems. Mold is easier to treat if caught in the beginning stages rather than waiting until it begins to cause serious problems within the home and for the residents.
Finding the Source
Mold is caused by moisture. Sometimes the source is easy to determine when there is a direct leak from a pipe or rain storm. Other times it can be harder to find if outdoor humidity is finding its way into the wall or an improperly installed air conditioner vent is allowing condensation to build. An experienced inspector is aware of common and uncommon sources of moisture and can determine the larger problem leading to mold growth.
Structure and Cosmetics
Mold can potentially be cause for a lot of structural and cosmetic repair. If caught in the early stages it can be stopped before too much harm is done, but the longer it goes untended more repairs are needed. Affected drywall needs to be replaced, and even in the early stages of a mold problem some drywall has to be removed to access the issue. Behind the drywall in the framing, mold can be destroyed if caught soon enough. The problem is the moisture that caused the mold and the mold itself can begin to rot the wood, or draw insects that compound the damage, resulting in the very expensive project of replacing the framework.
Mold poisoning is actually an allergic reaction that causes a number of health concerns. It will exacerbate existing lung conditions to breathe the mold spores. It is dangerous for children and infants by compromising their developing respiratory systems and developing an allergy that lasts throughout life. It can also be difficult for elderly people who have existing health conditions. A number of other symptoms of mold poisoning may include migraines, nausea or general fatigue.
A professional mold inspector can find cases and causes of mold through routine inspections. They can measure moisture levels throughout the home to find where mold may be likely to form. It’s much better to find and treat mold before it becomes a major problem.