Mold Inspection

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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The Need for Mold Inspection

More and more people are becoming aware of the effects of mold on health. Depending on which type of mold with which people come into contact, the results can range from mild irritation to severe allergic reaction or to any of an extensive list of painful and threatening diseases that come with long-term exposure. The single best way to control indoor mold is to control the moisture levels in your home.

You may have no warning that there is a mold problem in your home or business until you notice that you or someone else who spends a lot of time there becomes ill. Mold can hide in a thousand places in your building so it's important to have a thorough mold inspection. It can be in the basement, the attic, the walls, the bathrooms, and anywhere you can find evidence of moisture, and you may not even see it.

Mold Inspections and Health

Some of the symptoms people can exhibit include ongoing itchy eyes, nose bleeds, continuing sinus problems, chronic fatigue, headaches, memory issues, running nose, and even skin rashes or sores. In addition to serious lung diseases, some studies have led to concerns about mold and hair loss, cancer, and birth defects. Not all people living or working in an environment contaminated by mold will experience symptoms, and those who do may not experience the same symptoms as those around them.

Symptoms should not be ignored. You should think of mold as a predator that is after the humans, pets, and plants in your environment. A quick fix such as a good cleaning may not take care of the problems. Mold has been around for millions of years, and it can lay dormant for those millions of years just waiting for moisture and food that will encourage it to grow again. It grows in all climates, and, almost everywhere it grows, people get sick.

The Predator Mold

Mold loves to grow in homes, offices, apartment buildings, schools, hospitals, and condos. It often grows where building owners do not pay attention to the condition of basements, plumbing, and roofing. Even drips in the bathroom can foster the growth of mold. Mold spores from any of these sources can enter a human through her eyes or through open skin sores such as cuts or even in drinking water. Mold eats animal and human flesh and plants. It has no natural enemies; no predators attack mold.

The longer this predator is in your environment, the longer you and your family or coworkers will be subjected to attack. The longer you are subjected to mold, the greater the chance is that you will face related health issues. There are some areas in the United States in which mold is an even greater problem than others. These areas include many parts of the South, anywhere near ponds or lakes, swampy areas, and areas that get a lot of rain.

Get a Mold Inspection

If you have any concerns about the presence of this predator in your environment, you should take steps to deal with it as soon as possible. A qualified mold inspector can help you in several ways. First he can identify your mold problem and advise you on how to handle it. You should know that mold is not generally defeated by things like chlorine bleach, and the majority of quick fixes you can get in discount stores will not do the trick either.

You should look for one of the many mold inspectors that do not offer clean up services themselves. That way, there is no conflict of interest in the test results they offer you. This type of inspector can be a real help to you and your family or coworkers. Removing or significantly reducing the amount of mold in your life can make a bid difference in how you feel and in your overall health long term.

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