Tips on How to Inspect for Mold
How to Mold Inspection Tips
It is important for everyone to know how to check if he/she has mold. Signs of mold mean that you may need mold inspection. If the mold is nowhere to be seen then the only way to know about it is by noticing the mold signs. Noticing these signs early enough, you will be able to save lots of money and trouble. This way, you will be able to stop the mold problem early enough before it expands to a much bigger problem.
Having mold in your house can cause symptoms such as sore eyes, asthma, runny or blocked nose, itchy skin,sneezing, coughing and sore throat. Most of the time, people often don’t realize that these deadly symptoms are caused by the mold in the house. They however think they have a severe cold or something close. One sign that the aforementioned symptoms originate from mold is that when you are away from home, the symptoms decrease. Also is that many people in your house suffer from these symptoms.
Another way of noticing the mold is through the mold smell. This moldy smell can be worse in some rooms. This is an indication that the mold is most probably growing around or near that area. Humidity level of above 60 % can easily lead to growth of mold. High humidity levels can lead to water accumulation and condensation. Some molds can easily live off humidity air. All these symptoms are signs that you may have mold and that you should have a mold inspection.
Mold inspection is usually carried out when one suspects that there may be mold in their house. The inspection is carried out for two main purposes. One is to find any mold that is growing in the house and the other is to find the moisture problem that caused the mold to grow. Finding mold can mean that there are others hiding somewhere in the house.
If possible, hiring a professional mold inspector to inspect your home is the best thing one can do. The professional inspector knows the best places where to look for the mold. The inspectors can also recognize subtle signs of mold growth and other signs of water problems. The professional inspectors are not only qualified but also well equipped. They have sophisticated equipment that are very effective in finding even the hidden mold with the minimal of impact in your home.
Some of these sophisticated tools and techniques the mold inspectors use include bore scopes, moisture meters, hygrometers and infra red inspection. The inspectors also have an advanced sense of smell for mold or use sniffer dogs to quickly sniff out hidden mold.
During the inspection, the mold inspector should use a bore scope to find hidden mold behind walls or any other surfaces. They first drill a small hole in the surface and then insert the bore scope to look for mold on the other side. This way, the bore scope can find hidden mold while minimizing damages to the wall or other surfaces.
Mold is also more likely to grow in areas of high humidity. The hygrometers can be used to measure the humidity of the air and give the inspector a better idea of where the mold might be growing. Moisture meters can also be used to test moisture levels.
However, if you are unable to hire a professional mold inspector, you can chose to do the inspection yourself. During your inspection, it is always important to use protective equipment such as masks. You will however not be able to access the aforementioned sophisticated tools to carry out your inspection. In this case, your most valuable equipment when finding mold will be your nose and eyes only for smelling and seeing the mold inside your house.
Mold testing can be done to identify the species in the mold especially if you suspect that the mold is toxic. If you suffer from toxic symptoms, this can be a sign that the mold is toxic. The testing can also be done to confirm that the removal was successful.
Also in this case, hiring a professional mold tester is the best option. A professional will be able to know the best place to test, the best time to test and the type of test to carry out. The two main types of mold testing done are air tests and surface tests.
Air testing for mold finds the concentration of mold spores in your home’s air in certain locations at certain times. Testing the air for mold can be done in several ways. They include using handheld mold sniffers and analyzing samples under a microscope.
Surface testing helps tell you whether you have a mold problem and how you can fix it. One of the techniques used in surface testing include tape lifting. Samples can be sent to a lab for investigations. The experts will figure out the mold species and can even test for mycotoxins.
Mold removal is usually done after testing and inspection. The removal can be done by scrubbing any mold from surfaces by use of water and detergent. You should however lightly wet the mold growth before scrubbing. This stops much of the mold spores from escaping into the air. You can also use mold killing solutions such as bleach, borax and vinegar.
It is important to clean up after removing the mold. In this stage, you remove as much of the residual mold and spores in order to prevent the mold from returning and also to get rid of any symptoms the mold was causing.
How to Prevent Future Mold Growth
You can prevent future mold growth by preventing moisture, water leaks, condensation and also reducing humidity. This can be done by vacuum and clean regularly to remove any possible sources of mold growth. Also repair water leaks in roof and windows and any other part of the house. In a nutshell, you need to keep the house clean and prevent any potential causes of mold growth. Keep the humidity levels low and make sure that the house remains clean.
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