Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew exist in many environments on the planet. Typically we think of mold growing on old food. We simply throw it away and think little of it.
Mold and mildew are types of fungi. In the realm of home inspections many people consider mold and mildew to be near the bottom on the list of important problems. But in the last decade or so studies have revealed that an increasing number of people are being affected medically by mold and mildew spores in the air they breathe. Not only that, mold and mildew are a serious threat to your home’s structural integrity. Fungus can act to break down even the toughest surfaces, such as concrete.
Black Mold in the Midwest
While many mold spores can lead to varying degrees of sinus irritation, black mold has a more serious reputation for affecting especially the very young or the very old. Black mold is often referred to as “toxic,” for this reason.
Mold and Your Home’s Health
A professional mold inspector visually observes the overall health of a home. Whether they are conducting a house inspection on behalf of a potential homebuyer or for the seller, they are eyes, ears, and nose. The nose often reveals mold and mildew before it is even visible.
A home inspector may be present in areas conducive to mold growth; spaces such as damp basements and crawlspaces, around plumbing and foundations, and in bathrooms. Mold and mildew grow in environments where there is ample amounts of moisture and a general lack of adequate ventilation. This means mold can even exist inside your walls. Moisture can exist in and around a home for a number of reasons: humidity and leaks being the most prominent.
A professional home inspector’s report may show evidence of mold and mildew. These are indication of moisture that can not only harm the structure of your home, but also affect you and your family’s overall health.
But how do you go about removing a mold problem?
Your home inspector will likely be the best source to direct you to mold cleanup services, called mold remediation. When mold is contained in small areas, such as your shower or bathroom areas, you may be well qualified to clean it yourself, but when the mold and mildew extends to expansive areas that indicate leaks and more serious issues, professional mold remediation services may be suggested.
First Choice Inspectors, LLC located in Chicago Illinois can recommend a mold remediation specialist who can further evaluate any signs of mold or mildew in your home. Looking for home inspection specialists in the Chicago or Plainfield, Illinois, area for your sick home? First Choice Inspectors, LLC serves Metropolitan Chicago, including McHenry, Kane, DuPage, Lake and Cook Counties.