Florida Home Mold Inspections
Keep your family healthy; schedule a mold inspection today
Mold thrives in Florida’s hot, humid summers.
That mold can travel into your home on your families clothing and shoes, and can find its way into your air ducts, carpets, walls and other hard-to-clean places.
(http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/hot_topics/families_and_consumers/mold_and_mildew.shtml) Once there, mold can continue to grow, posing a threat to your family’s health.
At Same Day Inspection, we especially see high instances of home and office mold infestations at the end of Florida’s hot, rainy summers.
Is mold dangerous?
Mold can impact your family’s health, especially young children, those with chronic lung diseases and people with sensitivity to mold.
As mold grows in your home, its spores find their way into your air supply.
Those living in the home may notice allergy- or cold-like symptoms, such as congestion; itchy, watery eyes; coughing; wheezing; and skin irritation. Those who are more sensitive to mold spores may experience more severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing and fevers. (http://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm)
In extreme cases, mold can cause lung infections in those with already weakened lungs.
Mold also can trigger asthma symptoms for those who suffer with the disease, and mold has been documented to cause respiratory illness in children.
Mold can be especially hazardous to infants. A University of Cincinnati study found that children who are exposed to mold before their first birthday suffer significantly higher rates of asthma. (http://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm)
When should I have my home inspected for mold?
Some molds may be noticeable in your home. You may see mold growing on a surface, such as a basement wall or a shower corner, or your home may have a moldy smell.
However, molds can be hidden throughout your home in areas you aren’t able to see, such as behind baseboards or under carpets. Nevertheless, those mold spores pose a risk to your family’s health.
Homebuyers should have their new homes inspected for mold, particularly if your home inspector points out water damage.
You should have your existing home inspected for mold if you are aware that there has been water damage, such as from a flood or a leaky roof or plumbing. You also may want to have your home inspected for mold if you notice family members suffering from unexplained allergy-like symptoms or regularly having difficulty breathing, or if you are expected a new baby.
What do mold inspections entail?
First and foremost, mold inspections should be performed by trained mold inspectors, like the professionals at Same Day Inspection. Trained mold inspectors have the education and experience necessary to locate signs of mold.
A trained mold inspector will visually examine your home for signs of mold, water leaks and existing water damage. Air samples will be taken and lab-tested for the presence of potentially hazardous mold spores.
Your mold inspector also will identify areas of your home that are susceptible to mold and educate you on how you can prevent future mold growth.
What do I do if mold is detected in my home?
A certified mold inspector can help you determine the best course of action if mold is detected in your home.
The mold will need to be cleaned up and remediated. If the mold is traced back to a centralized location in your home, you may be able to handle cleanup on your own, or you may want to contract with a mold remediation specialist.
Additionally, mold requires moisture. If mold is growing in your home, you likely have a leak or source of moisture that is helping to feed the mold. The source of the water must be eliminated to prevent mold from returning to your home.
Mold scares most homeowners, but generally mold can be remediated once its presence is detected. A home mold inspection will help you breath easily, assured that your home environment is healthy for your family.