Spring times bring joy for many, as they deliver them from the coughs and cold they have had to endure in the previous season. Spring, among is often compared with its sisters as a cleansing season. It cleanses not only to the surrounding atmosphere but also our bodies, and hence in its wake people turn towards cleaning their homes as well.
Many homeowners would agree to this fact that along with welcoming spring, they also welcome a cleaning routine. Essential as it is to keep a proper check for various items and utilities inside a home, mold inspection is arguably the most significant. This is because these single organisms, often considered to be microbes, grow quickly in areas with moisture in the air. Molds are fungi and grow from multicellular filaments called hyphae.
With rapidly melting snow, especially after a chilly or snowy winter, mold within the house can become a considerable burden. As the ground becomes saturated, the floors of your homes are most likely to be home to moisture from melted snow. This further enhances rapid mold growth all over the place.
Mold inspection for your house should be performed across the house, especially in the following places:
- Air Ducts
Mold can be identified with your eyes and sense of smell. Mold growth often appears as a slightly furry, discolored, or slimy patch which increases in size as it grows. Molds also produce a musty odor that may be the first indication of a problem.
Why Inspect for Mold — The Health Factor
Mold Inspection often leads to preventing or at least minimizing health related hazards. For people with severe allergic symptoms, mold can be a health issue. According to the CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) over exposure to molds in the surrounding can cause symptoms such as eye irritation, nasal stuffiness, skin irritation, or wheezing in people with sensitivity.
Some people, such as those with serious allergies to molds, may have more severe reactions which may include fever and shortness of breath. The CDC provides sufficient evidence that indoor exposure to mold causes upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people. For people with asthma, it’s likely to set off symptoms. It has even been linked to hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. Some people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, can even develop mold infections in their lungs.
When performing mold inspection for your house, one must equip themselves with materials that prove effective in killing molds such as:
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Baking soda
- Tea tree oil
- Grapefruit seed extract
During mold inspection, it is important to know that one should never mix bleach with other cleaning agents such as ammonia because it can produce toxic fumes that are dangerous to health.
The Worst of Its Kind: The Black Mold
Upon encountering this type of mold while going through a mold inspection for your house, it is essential to know that it’s a highly toxic mold. In fact, specific materials are there to remove this particular type of mold.
In order to remove a dark mold you would need to cover yourself up from head to toe. Precautionary guidelines include:
- Wearing a respirator or a facemask that is relatively rated as a good protection against the black mold spores.
- Covering your arms, legs and hands to avoid contact with mold spores.
In order to remove mold you would require a sponge dipped with soap water or other cleaner. If the afflicted area of your house is dry, its best to spray some water as dry black mold gives lesser spores into the air when it is moist.
Black mold is most likely to appear in areas that are kept damp and moist. Susceptible places of growth includes: basements and crawlspaces that may have leaks or other sources of moisture. Black mold is toxic and there is a reason why it is called ‘black’. Most other molds are green or gray in color, but toxic black mold is a dark black in color.
In many cases where one finds a mold infestation inside a home, they may or may not require professional services. However professional can help in finding mold at hitherto unthinkable places thanks to their expertise and knowledge in the field. They are able to use equipments like fiber optics and moisture detectors to find likely hotspots for mold infestation.
In cases of large areas it is best advised to not disturb the molds without proper assistance as they can release ‘mycotoxins’ in the air. Dealing with molds requires proper containment and preparation.