Mold is a type of fungus that needs moisture, oxygen, and organic material to grow. When prolonged moisture gets trapped in the basement, corners of the home, or other enclosed areas, it can cause mold to grow and spread.
Controlling moisture in a home is crucial for limiting mold growth. If you suspect that mold may be growing in the home due to moisture or water damage, you should consider scheduling a mold air test or inspection.
Mold Air Sample Testing – is done by taking samples of air in the home to assess whether mold is present at elevated levels which indicate that mold is active and can spread.
Mold inspections -are used to examine where the source of moisture intrusion originates from revealing whether there is an elevated state and that mold active and growing.
If you are looking to buy or sell a home, you may be wondering if a mold inspection or test is necessary. If you can see mold in your home, a mold test is not always necessary. However you can always contact 4U Inspection Services if you are unsure and think that you have a mold issue before contacting a remediation company who can further assist you.
Mold and New Home Construction
It may surprise you to learn that newer homes are more likely to have mold. That is because newer homes are constructed with energy efficiency in mind making the home susceptible to mold growth because of restricted airflow resulting in higher levels of humidity (moisture).
Homebuyers looking to purchase a new home, can have peace of mind knowing that when they have a mold inspection or air sample test done that the new home, they are about to purchase does not have any mold related issues.
Mold and Health-Related Concerns
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), humidity from excess moisture (retained from tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods) is capable of penetrating building materials allowing mold to spread throughout the home, without your knowledge, impacting your family’s health.
If you, or a family member, suffers from immune suppression, sinus problems, headaches, has trouble breathing, or wheezing they may be sensitive to mold. Some of you may not be aware of it, but mold could be growing inside the home you want to buy at this very moment behind walls, inside cabinets, and below floorboards that could impact your family’s health.
If you live with someone that is asthmatic or suffers from allergies getting a mold inspection should be a priority. This will allow you to rest easy, knowing that you are moving your family into a healthy and safe environment.
Are you looking to buy or sell a home but you’re unsure if the home has a mold problem? Then Schedule a Mold Inspection today for your own piece of mind or contact 4U Inspection Services at (443) 539-8012 for further information.