In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on mold and the health risks it presents in your home. Mold, which can sometimes be identified based on its impact but also may go undetected in some situations until it’s too late, present several potential health risks to both people and pets in the home.
At Aerolite Consulting, we’re proud to offer comprehensive mold testing as part of our new home inspections, helping prospective buyers get an advanced idea of whether mold or a variety of other environmental contaminants like lead, asbestos and more are present in the home – even if they can’t be seen in public areas of the space. Not only will our mold testing professionals identify these contaminants, they’ll offer general expertise on future prevention and the importance of this testing. Here are a few more basics on mold in the home.
Here are several general tips for controlling and avoiding mold:
As we noted above, there are some cases of mold or other home contaminants that will be present, but not show noticeable signs to humans. Many mold infestations, for instance, begin causing respiratory and other health issues for individuals in the home long before anyone actually identifies the mold itself, as it will often grow in locations we don’t look in often.
This is why testing is so important, especially when moving into a new home. You have no idea what kind of care the previous owner took to prevent these kinds of contaminants, but robust environmental testing gives you a clear answer here and allows you to take any concerns back to the seller before you sign any sale documents.
In many cases, you should leave mold removal to disaster cleanup specialists, especially if you do not have proper safety equipment on-hand. For those looking to perform a DIY removal, safety items like gloves, a mask and goggles are absolute musts. Mold deposits should be scrubbed with detergent and water, plus dried completely.