Ask the Inspector: Mold in the Home

What Do I Need To Know About Mold in My Home?

Written by Darryl Chandler and and Andy Nightingale. See their website.

Since 1990, new homes have been built with energy efficiency in mind. They are designed to be air tight, which is the principal reason mold issues are a problem. Mold growth occurs because of warmth, lack of air circulation and most importantly, moisture. Older homes didn’t experience this problem as much because they were usually drafty which allowed for moisture to be dried out.

So how serious is having mold? It is generally well tolerated but can affect some people drastically.  The best thing to remember about mold is to solve the problem before it becomes too serious.

1.) Try to keep moisture out and clean up any condensation as soon as possible. Anything like a roof or plumbing leak should be treated seriously.
2.) After cleaning up condensation, the root problem should be fixed as soon as possible.
3.) If slight mold does form, wear gloves and a mask and scrape it away.
4.) In the case of serious mold growth, a professional should be contacted. They can let you know what steps to take next.

The health effects of mold bother those with allergies, breathing problems or weakened immune systems most. In the case of severe exposure, it can mean allergy-like symptoms or irritation of the eyes, skin, nose, throat or lungs.

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