In this article we are going to cover Three Reasons to Have a Mold Inspection in Fort Myers, FL. Simply and obviously put, mold assessments are carried out by skilled and trained inspectors. Their skills and training aren’t just mentioned to make them sound good – they’re absolute musts.
Mold inspectors carefully check for any indication of current or previous mold growth. Previous mold growth implies a water problem that will return given certain conditions. They also check for current mold throughout the building, including inside the walls and structural areas, where it could cause extensive damage.
The mold inspector also looks for moisture and dampness, as mold spores will seek such places and grow. Most people think mold is only present when they see it, but such is untrue. Microscopic mold spores are all around. They only grow after finding sources. Such sources are oftentimes old bread and refrigerated food, which can easily be thrown away. Unfortunately, too, such sources also include basements and dry walls, which are not so easily thrown away. Moisture sources must, therefore, be found and treated. Even when there is no mold infestation, eliminating a water source helps prevent such an infestation.
Here are three reasons you should have a mold inspection:
- You and Your Family’s Health: If you or members of your family always seem to feel ill or if their allergies or asthma worsen whenever they are in the home and improve when they are away, you could indeed have a mold problem. Look around for mold growth – it’s hard to miss. It’s usually fuzzy and can be green, black, pink, or even pastel colored. Is there a moldy and/or musty smell? Even so, without such evidence or odor, you and/or your family’s symptoms are enough to warrant an inspection.
- Recent Water Damage: Did your bathtub, toilet, hot water heater, or anything else recently overflow and saturated the subfloor? Was there a recent hurricane, extreme storm, or has it been terribly humid? Such can cause mold to grow unnoticed below floors, inside wall spaces, and above ceiling areas.
- Purchase of a New Home: Anytime you are investing in a new property, you certainly don’t want to inherit a mold problem. And, while previous homeowners are required by law to disclose previous water or mold problems, they don’t always do so. Be cautious of homes that were vacant for a while, crawlspaces, and those that smell musty and feel humid.
Again, even if you don’t see it, mold could still be in your home. So even if you just suspect it, contact a qualified mold inspector and have your home evaluated. It will save your home and protect your health.
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