You’re thinking of selling your home sometime before the fall. While doing a quick walk-through with your realtor, you notice a strong, musty smell coming from the wallpapered dining room.
The realtor turns to you and says, “There must be mold in this room.”
“But where?” you inquire.
Looking around, she said, “It could be in the drywall, behind the wallpaper, or even under the carpeting. Anywhere there’s moisture, there’s a possibility for mold. You need to take care of this immediately because you don’t want it to turn into black mold.”
“Okay, but where do I start?”
“You need to hire a professional home inspector for a mold assessment. They can find the source of the problem and recommend how to fix it.”
Other Signs You Have Mold
As stated above, the telltale sign of mold is the smell it gives off, but there are other ways you know you have a problem:
Your allergies start to flare up, even though it isn’t allergy season
You have a cough or stuffy nose that will not go away
You pull back your furniture and notice fungus on it
The walls in one or more rooms are warped
In addition, mold can be hiding in the top side of ceiling tiles, inside ductwork, roofing materials, insulation, and crawlspaces.
You must determine if you are dealing with toxic or black mold by having a professional look at it. The problem with trying to do DIY mold remediation by peeling back the wallpaper or taking down ceiling tiles, you will release spores into the atmosphere making the issue many times worse and potentially dangerous.
As they say in football, “The best defense is a good offense,” meaning looking for mold in and outside your home is a good idea, especially after a hard rainstorm. Follow the tips listed below.
7 Mold Prevention Techniques
Immediately fix any plumbing leaks.
Use a dehumidifier in your basement or other areas prone to moisture.
Use the fan in your bathroom when showering. Make sure the fan removes the air outside your home, not into the attic.
Keep all rooms well ventilated. Keep your windows open when possible.
Clean out your gutters twice a year.
Check your foundation area after a hard rain. Regrade soil away from the house if water collects in certain areas.
After rain or snow melts, check for leaks in your attic that would be coming from faulty roof shingles.
If you still have a problem, contact us.
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