Each individual’s response to different strains of mold is dependent on both the person and the length of time that they are exposed. In many cases, mold is harmless and does not damage your health or your home. However, some types of mold can be dangerous or highly toxic when they occur in your home. Mold can cause allergic reactions in some individuals with symptoms ranging from skin irritation, difficulty breathing, and mood swings. Some people are more susceptible than others; those who are most at risk from dangerously toxic mold are the very young, the very old, and people with weakened immune systems.
If mold takes hold in your home and causes damage, you may find that your home loses some of the value that you have been working hard to build. Of the over 100,000 kinds of mold, a significant proportion has been identified as highly toxic to humans. In addition, depending on the extent of your problem, mold removal can be quite costly and, unfortunately, not all insurance plans will cover the cost of the removal of mold. The costs also depend on whether the mold attacks the substructure of your home including the walls, floors, ceilings, and roof. Obviously, if you have to pull down wallpaper and drywall or replace your hardwood flooring, you’re going to have a more expensive job than if you simply need to replace your soaked carpet. To preserve the value of your home, have your house tested for mold, and take appropriate actions. This will also help to preserve the health and safety of both your family and yourself. For these reasons and more, it is always in your best interests to retain a mold testing provider if you suspect you have a mold problem. If you are considering selling your home, this is especially critical because if a prospective buyer finds mold during the escrow mandated inspections, mold remediation can delay or nullify the sale.
Mold testing specialists have been trained to scrutinize and test the air and the structure of your home to see if mold is present. If the mold testing specialist finds that mold is, in fact, present in your house, his next task is to determine exactly what type of mold it is and at what concentration it exists in your environment. Next, the specialist must determine the mold’s exact location and probable cause. Your home can only be certified as free of mold if all mold is eradicated and since mold is usually caused by excessive moisture, the source of this moisture must be found. Whether the source is as simple as a high level of humidity in the house in general or as complex as an unseen leak that is allowing excessive moisture to enter your house, locating the source of the moisture is the key to keeping your house mold free in the future.
A reputable mold removal business will provide a number of options for how to proceed if they find that you have mold. To develop a remediation plan for your home, the mold specialist must have enough data to determine both the type of mold you are suffering from as well as the scale of its concentration. The type of mold will determine what procedures will need to be followed for treating it and the concentration will determine safety measures and the timeframe for complete remediation. Also, depending on the size of the problem, a small section of the flooring or wall-board can be cut and treated while a larger area might call for special equipment or a more comprehensive procedure to prevent further contamination. It should be noted that some people will choose one company to assess the mold problem and another to get rid of it to avoid a conflict of interest.