Some homeowners and renters in the United States are not aware that there is mold present in their residence. Mold exposure has different effects on people. Some will not have any reactions to it, while some will have a runny nose, watery, red, and itchy eyes, wheezing, and coughing. With people who already have an illness or have allergies, this mold exposure will only irritate their symptoms further and could bring on other sickness.
It is important for all homeowners and renters to have insurance in case they are faced with any mold problems. Insurance should cover the cost of hiring a mold removal and remediation company to come over and remove the mold and repair anything that was directly affected by it. It is also a good idea to get your home tested at least once a year for mold, and definitely when you suspect that there is mold growth in the home.
Checking mold on a monthly basis will allow you to remember stains and discolorations that you might not have seen before. Visually inspect all of your walls, behind appliances and furniture, and underneath sinks and other sources of plumbing for signs of mold growth. Mold often grows in little clusters of brown, black , or even orange stains, and they appear fuzzy. Check in the rooms where humidity levels are higher than elsewhere in the home. Check belongings that are in your basement, storage, or laundry room since mold grows on organic materials, such as paper, wood, and fabric.
There are mold test kits that allow you to check on certain factors in your home. One such kit tests the very air in the home for mold content. There is another kit that allows you to apply a cotton swab-like applicator to the suspicious substance on your wall, and it will give you a positive or negative result in a matter of minutes. Then there is a kit that tests the moisture content in your wall where it is harder to check. If the test reads that there is moisture in the wall, then there is a very good chance that mold and mildew has started growing and contacting a professional company to conduct further tests might be your best bet at this point.
Performing visual tests and doing walkthroughs throughout your whole home on a regular basis will ensure that you will quickly notice if there are any new stains or discolorations. Time is of the essence when you are dealing with mold because it grows rapidly when left alone.