Mold can easily grow inside your home in places that you rarely check such as crawl spaces, behind walls and in your attic. Mold can thrive on almost any surface and it can be present nearly everywhere inside your home. Mold needs moisture to grow and if it is left unchecked and not dealt with, it can destroy your home and present some very serious health problems to you, your family members and household pets.
There are many different types of molds. However, all indoor mold is a potential threat and should be removed as soon as possible. Mold only needs 24 to 48 hours to start growing. This means if your home has been flooded or you have a leaking pipe, it is absolutely essential that you completely dry the affected area so that mold cannot begin to grow and spread.
If you smell a musty odor and suspect it is mold, begin searching for it. There are odor-free molds as well so you should conduct a thorough investigation of the areas inside your home you suspect are moist. A good idea is to buy a do-it-yourself mold test kit which you can buy at most hardware and home improvement stores. This type of kit can provide you with very reliable, accurate results quickly.
Most experts agree that the most dangerous household molds are those that are unseen.
If you see discoloration on surfaces inside your home or smell a musty odor, the chances are good that you have a serious mold problem. You should never ignore mold but rather should call in a mold remediation company so that a full analysis and assessment can be made. If mold is indeed found growing inside your home, the team of experts will bring in heavy duty machinery such as dehumidifiers and HEPA vacuums along with EPA-certified chemicals to eradicate the mold to make your home safe to live in.
Mold can cause all types of health problems ranging from itching eyes, to serious allergic reactions and asthma attacks. It can also cause irreversible lung damage and memory loss. Even the neatest and cleanest home can have a serious mold problem hidden somewhere. Mold especially thrives on wood, cotton, leather, cardboard and paper. The most common rooms for mold in a home is the kitchen, bathroom, basement, laundry room and attic. Mold can be black, gray, green or white. You should inspect for mold every few months and check for leaks and damp areas inside your home regularly.