Over The last few years during my Atlanta Home Inspections, we have seen a dramatic increase of mold related issues. This was due to the large amount of increase of foreclosed homes. It is common to find problems with mold in older homes, crawlspaces’ and vacant homes. It can be a problem in any home if the conditions are right. Mold have been and are always here. Its part of nature. You and I are breathing molds right now. Many molds are good. The invention of penicillin was from mold. I love blue cheese. The “blue” is mold. Molds help break down wood, leafs, foods etc. in the environment. There are some so called “bad” molds. These in higher concentrations for some people, especially for those with compromised immune systems, respiratory problems like asthma and others may be a health concern. Molds need 3 things to grow. Moisture-A Food Source-Time.
It is important to know we are not a mold Expert. I don’t know of any Atlanta Home Inspectors that are experts. In fact, there are not a whole lot of experts anywhere. And when you do find the experts, they don’t all agree about the molds. It is rather a newer “learning process”, and we have only scratch the surface in our understanding of molds and associated health risk. There is a lot of bad information about molds and I try and not give any wrong information here. It is common during my Atlanta Home Inspections, when we find fungal growth in the home, we areasked will mold make me sick? Especially if they see it and its “Black Mold”. Molds come in a variety of colors and just because its “black mold” does not mean its bad. We have seen pink, green, yellow etc. molds. The only way to tell if its mold is to have samples taken and the samples tested at the laboratory. Call your Atlanta Mold Inspector today for a free quote, 404-786-3794. Under most all circumstances, mold problems can be corrected.
The key to mold control is moisture control. It is important to dry water damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. If mold is a problem in your home, clean up the mold and get rid of the excess water or moisture. Fix leaky plumbing or other sources of water. Wash mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely. Absorbent materials (such as ceiling tiles & carpet) that become moldy may have to be replaced.
The EPA publication, “A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home” , is available here in HTML. This Guide provides information and guidance for homeowners and renters on how to clean up residential mold problems and how to prevent mold growth. A printed version will be available soon.
Biological Pollutants in Your Home - This document explains indoor biological pollution, health effects of biological pollutants, and how to control their growth and buildup. One third to one half of all structures have damp conditions that may encourage development of pollutants such as molds and bacteria, which can cause allergic reactions — including asthma — and spread infectious diseases. Describes corrective measures for achieving moisture control and cleanliness. This brochure was prepared by the American Lung Association and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. EPA Document Reference Number 402-F-90-102, January 1990.
Get rid of moisture to prevent mold in your home!
Water in your home can come from many sources. Water can enter your home by leaking or by seeping through basement floors. Showers or even cooking can add moisture to the air in your home. The amount of moisture that the air in your home can hold depends on the temperature of the air. As the temperature goes down, the air is able to hold less moisture. This is why, in cold weather, moisture condenses on cold surfaces (for example, drops of water form on the inside of a window). This moisture can encourage biological pollutants to grow.
There are many ways to control moisture in your home: