Mold in a home may not always be visible. It can hide behind walls, under floors, or in your ventilation. There are a lot of different types of molds causing potential health effects. Symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in an indoor environment. The only way to control mold growth indoors is to find the source of the moisture and correct the problem.
One sure way to make sure your home is free of harmful molds is to have a mold test done along with your home inspection. Having a mold test at the same time as your home inspection saves you time and money.
Molds can be found almost anywhere and need 3 things to grow: water, air, and a food source. Taking any of the three away helps prevent mold growth. This does not mean it will necessarily remove it. Mold can remain dormant for a long period of time. If sources of water, air, and food are reintroduced, it can begin growing again unless it has been removed properly.
At Home Inspection Carolina, we can test your home to determine the types of molds that are present in your home. Helping you determine the best course of action needed to remediate the problem. Our mold tests consist of three separate tests and we offer additional samples if needed. To determine mold types within your home the best option is to take an air sample. When taking air samples, it’s important to include two because you need to separately test the indoor and outdoor air.
If you are concerned about mold in your home, contact us at Home Inspection Carolina today!