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What to Do If You Suspect Mold in Your Home
« on: June 24, 2016, 04:22:55 PM »
Mold, often caused by slow water leaks or flooding, is a major problem that homeowners may face. Mold can cause illness and aggravate respiratory problems. It can also weaken ceilings, floors and walls. In addition, a home with a known mold problem will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to sell.

 It is best to prevent or remedy mold immediately if you suspect it in your home. If you let it get out of hand, it can cost thousands upon thousands of dollars in damage. So, what are some steps that you can take if you suspect that you might have a mold problem? Here are some tips.

 Test for mold

 If you have signs of mold, hire a mold investigator to test for mold and determine the extent of the problem. Some of the signs to look for include:

 Smell-When you have mold growing in your house, you might notice a moldy smell. In fact, that smell might be the only clue that the mold is there. Do not ignore these odors just because you do not see any visible signs of mold. If it smells musty in your home, you likely have mold growing somewhere, likely inside the walls or some other concealed area.
 Visible mold growth-If you see mold on walls or elsewhere in your home, do not ignore it. Many homeowners ignore small spots of mold. The problem is that mold will grow and cause more problems as it gets larger.

 If you notice any of the above signs of mold, have your home tested by a trained mold inspector. It is best to avoid DIY home-testing kits as they are often not accurate.

 Hire a Company for Remediation

 If an inspector finds a mold problem in your home, especially if it is severe, hire a professional to clean it up. Mold remediation companies will clean up your mold in a few days or a few weeks, depending on the severity of the infestation.

 The company will begin by removing water-damaged items. Then walls, ceilings, carpets and personal items will be cleaned and disinfected. If the mold damage is extensive, drywall and studs might have to be removed. Finally, your home will be vacuumed with a high-efficiency filtration machine. Contact a professional for help with mold remediation in MD.

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