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When To Contact A Mold Remediation Professional To Check For Mold

by Rick Carpenter

Mold remediation professionals specialize in checking for and removing mold, and checking is the first step to addressing a mold problem. Here are a few times when you should contact a mold remediation professional to check whether there is mold in your house.

You Purchase a New House

The standard home inspection might not include a mold check, but mold can be added to the list of details that someone checks before you close on a home. It's one of the most important additional checks, for few issues can cost more to address than mold.

If you're buying a home, ask your home inspector to have a mold remediation specialist check for mold when the inspector conducts their inspection. You'll pay a little more for the extra service, but the cost will be much less than fixing a mold issue post-closing.

You See Mold Spots

If you ever notice mold spots growing in your home, a mold remediation professional should be quickly consulted to identify the mold. Many molds are little more than a nuisance, but some can pose significant health hazards. A mold remediation professional will be able to identify the mold that's in your home and tell you how dangerous it is or isn't.

You could theoretically notice mold anywhere in your home. You're most likely to see it on windowsills (where condensation collects in winter), in bathrooms (where condensation collects when showering and water pools when you step out of the shower), in basements (where the space is dark and sometimes humid), and in attics (where roof leaks can go undetected).

In other areas of the house, look for mold on organic materials. Anything that's made of wood, cardboard, or paper could have mold in it.

Your Home Floods

If your house floods, remove the water as quickly as possible. Once the water is gone, dry out the walls and floors as quickly as you can — industrial fans can help with this. Drying out things will only limit how much mold grows, though. You almost certainly won't dry everything out before mold spores begin spreading.

Once the immediate crisis of a house flood is mitigated, contact a mold remediation professional to see whether mold is growing. They'll know how to check for mold not only in visible spaces but also in concealed areas behind walls and under floors. They'll also know the best way to remove any mold that is present.