Mold is a severe health hazard and could be the cause of all your indoor allergies. Mold allergy symptoms look a lot like stuffy noses, constant sneezing, and even chronic upper respiratory illnesses. Still, you may not even know about the mold in your home, making it all the more crucial that you call TLC Home Inspections, PLLC. We know that not all mold is obvious, and most could be lingering in places out of sight and out of mind, but we have a trained eye. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about household mold inspections.
1. Why is mold growing in my home?
Mold spores are in nearly every home and are always floating around in the air. Initially, spores are brought in from the outdoors, attaching themselves to your shoes, clothes, and even pets. When this fungus finds a cool, damp place to land, feed, and grow, it multiples and sends more spores out into your home. We commonly find mold in laundry rooms, bathrooms, basements, attics, and carpets. If you’ve had any type of major water damage or appliance overflow, you run the risk of harboring mold right under your nose.
2. When does mold in my home become a problem?
If you notice a musty, damp smell in a particular area of your home, you’ve got a mold problem. While mold spores in the air can’t be prevented and don’t necessarily pose a risk, large mold growth patches do. Check all the obvious places for black, green, or white patches that you know shouldn’t be there. Then, call our team of mold inspectors to get your home completely looked over. Allowing mold to grow will only prolong your family’s illnesses and allergies.
3. Can I clean mold myself?
Getting rid of small patches of mold in the shower, on your window sills, and in the laundry room can be done with some regular home cleaning. Many bathroom cleaners have mold-fighting chemicals, but you can also use vinegar or baking soda. However, for larger patches of mold, especially black mold, calling in professional help is always the best option. This way, you know the mold is eradicated from your home and won’t grow back in the same place.
4. How can I prevent mold growth?
The key to preventing mold growth in your home is ensuring your home has a moisture barrier. This means you should be quick to repair any leaks or cracks and water damage, and clean up spills right away. You should also keep your gutters clear, have your plumbing and pipes cleaned regularly, and always keep a regular housecleaning schedule. If you have rugs by entryways, make sure to wash these regularly and replace them if they continue to smell damp.
Are you ready for a mold inspection?
Mold is not something you want living and thriving in your home. With a mold inspection from TLC Home Inspections, you can be sure that you are doing your part to protect your home and loved ones from the dangers of mold. We also provide termite inspections, pre-listing inspections, and realtor resources. We proudly serve residents throughout Marble Falls, Austin, and San Antonio, TX. So, if you’re ready to schedule your mold inspection, call us at (512) 900-2191.