Most people know that mold is a health and safety concern, but many people are unaware of the specific dangers this fungal infestation can pose in the home. Mold can harm the structural integrity of your home, ruin your personal belongings, and cause severe health problems for you and your loved ones. Here are some basic facts about mold so you can be well-informed and prepared against an infestation.
What is Mold?
Mold is a common fungus that grows on moist surfaces. Mold spores need moisture and a particular temperature in order to thrive. Many area of your home such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements are vulnerable to mold because of their ideal environment conditions. It can grow on a variety of surfaces, including wood, tiles, walls, carpets and fabrics.
What are the Health Effects of Mold?
Mold growths release spores that contaminate the air we breathe. This contamination can have a number of negative consequences for your health, including the following:
- Respiratory issues such as coughing, wheezing, trouble breathing and asthma
- Allergic reactions and related symptoms, such as itchy eyes, runny nose and irritated throat
- Lung infections
- Compromised immune system
Children and seniors are especially at risk for suffering health consequences due to mold. If you suspect a mold infestation in your home, contact Pro360 Home Inspection to have the issue diagnosed as soon as possible.
Signs of Mold
Mold can take many forms. Sometimes an infestation will appear as a cluster of small black spots, but it can also be grey, brown, green or white in colour. A strong damp or musty smell may also be an indication of mold. Mold needs a moist environment to grow so if you’re home has experienced as plumbing or leakage issues it’s a good idea to be on the look-out for mold infestations.
Mold can be very tricky to spot. A patch of mold can be easily mistaken for dirt or a stain. Mold can also live inside your walls, underneath your baseboards, on top of your ceiling, and other places that are difficult to see. That’s why a professional mold inspection is the only way to diagnosis a mold infestation with certainty.
Professional home inspectors are able to discover mold and assess the amount of damage caused by the fungal infestation. Don’t wait until it’s too late to have your home inspected for mold. Contact us at Pro360 Home Inspection for thorough and high-quality mold inspections.