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6 Essential Things to Know About Mold

You know that a moldy home is unsafe, but why? What molds do you need to keep an eye out for, and how can you protect your home?

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Caring for a home in the South Carolina area doesn’t have to be difficult. If you’re not diligent, however, you may find yourself dealing with an unexpected mold infestation.

Dealing With Mold In Your Home

You do not want to make mold feel welcome in your home. Not only can mold reduce the value of your home, but it can compromise your health if you leave it untreated for too long.

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According to the CDC, basement moisture and mold have contributed to infant pulmonary hemosiderosis outbreaks, putting the lives of children at risk. It’s also known to cause the following conditions in adults and children alike:

  • Coughing
  • Congestion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Itching eyes and/or skin

Mold can also encourage the development of asthma in younger children. While you won’t always be able to identify mold as the source of a child’s difficulty breathing, you should always take the unexpected development of such conditions seriously. Even if a medical professional can’t identify mold exposure as the source behind a child’s condition, consider investing in a home inspection, during which a professional can look over your home for signs of mold clusters.

You’ll want to try and keep home inspections on the schedule if you want to sell your home at some point in the near future. Mold clusters can compromise the integrity of your structural supports and cause you to lose up to 30 percent of your home’s resale value.

Identifying Mold In Your Home

Before you can commit to a removal plan, you’ll need to identify any mold clusters that have taken root in your home.

Mold spores don’t travel with the water that enters your home. Instead, mold travels via air currents and will spread the fastest through homes with higher levels of humidity. This process can be difficult, as there are many species of mold that can thrive when they have access to moisture and dark, underpopulated areas.

With that in mind, you’ll want to make a point to check on your home’s foundation and basement regularly for symptoms of damage and mold growth. These symptoms include: 

  • Clusters and growths
  • Moistness
  • Unpleasant or otherwise musty smells
  • Trouble breathing

You can also trust your nose as you’re searching for mold. Mold tends to smell musty, allowing it to stand out from your standard levels of humidity.

Finding Mold

While you can use your nose to help professionals identify mold, you should also check the parts of your home that are most likely to fall victim to water damage. These spots include: 

  • Basement, if applicable
  • Crawl space, if applicable
  • Attic
  • Bathroom
  • HVAC system
  • Air ducts 

Mold and Moisture

Mold is more likely to take root in a home that already suffers from water damage, foundation cracks, or a leak. In many cases, the presence of mold in your home indicates that something’s gone wrong with one of your structural supports. If you do find mold in your basement, or if a professional identifies a cluster while conducting a home inspection, you’ll want to invest in a more thorough investigation to try and identify what damage may be allowing additional moisture into your home.

Mold Removal

If you find mold in your home, do not try to remove it from your space on your own. Instead, reach out to the mold removal specialists working in your area. These professionals can help you thoroughly clear your home of mold while also ensuring that all parties involved in the removal remain healthy.

Preventing Mold From Growing In Your Home

The easiest way to keep mold from your home is to waterproof your basement and encapsulate your crawl space. Alternatively, if you believe your home may already be damaged, you can browse a catalog of potential foundation repairs ranging from piering to wall reinforcements.

When you want to properly address mold in your home, you’ll want to work with professionals familiar with the unique conditions of the Charlotte, Columbia and Greenville areas. Reach out to the experts at Mount Valley Foundation Services for a home inspection and a free quote on any repairs you may need.

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