One of the biggest issues that a home owner may run into is mold and mildew. A lot of insurance claims have been made regarding mold since it can destroy your home and also be harmful to your health. In a perfect world mold would stay outside where it belongs and would not invade your home.
Unfortunately, mold spores tend to land on any moist, dark area anywhere and cause problems.
Symptoms of Mold Exposure
Many people are allergic to mold and it can cause complications in people who are dealing with respiratory issues. Mold buildup in a dwelling can cause a variety of health problems including the following:
- Red eyes
- Increased instances of asthma attacks
- Skin rashes
- Irritated lungs
- Sore throats
- A variety of other allergic reactions
Do You Have Moisture Issues?
More and more people are choosing to remodel their basements to add extra living space to the home. While some people are planning to turn their basements into a recreation space others are converting their basements into a home office or rental suite. No matter what your plans are for the basement, you need to make sure that all moisture problems have been solved first before starting any construction projects on it.
Moisture problems come about from a buildup of water, either from one source or from various ones. It can either be leaking in from the ground or condensing water vapor. If you do have any type of moisture problem, the cause will have to be found and handled. In some cases the problem will be evident but in others you'll need to call in a qualified professional to do a thorough inspection.
Sometimes you'll know that there's a moisture problem just by the smell. If you're experiencing a damp, stuffy odour, it’s a good indication that there is some type of moisture getting in.
You also have to keep an eye out for any type of mold build up since this usually goes hand-in-hand with a moisture problem. Any of the materials within the house or that have been used in the housing structure will need to be dried out or replaced before any type of renovations can begin. If they are left as is for too long, they will start to decay and mold which can lead to health risks and structural damage to the house.
How to Remediate the Presence of Mold in the Home
If you have mold in your home or want to learn how to prevent it, here are some helpful tips that you can use right now:
- Don't use carpeting in the bathroom
- Keep your refrigerator, dehumidifier, humidifier and air conditioning drip pans dry and clean.
- When painting, add some mold inhibitors to the paint
- Use the exhaust fans in your bathroom or kitchen when you are showering or cooking
If you're having a hard time dealing with the mold in your home you should contact a professional. Home inspection services offer mold assessments and they can let you know just how bad the problem is and what actions should be taken to alleviate the issue completely.