Mould is a fungus that thrives in excessively humid conditions and commonly grows on food and many of the building materials we use in our homes.
To be fair, without mould we wouldn’t have penicillin or some of our favourite cheeses, however the mould that’s found in homes is never a good thing. It’s an indication of excessive moisture that’s collected in certain areas of the home that can lead not only to rot, but poor air quality that can seriously damage our health.
Obviously, the best way to avoid the negative consequences of mould is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. The number one problem leading to poor air quality and the buildup of mould is poor ventilation in those areas of the home where mould is most likely to appear; kitchens, bathrooms and basements. To prevent this from happening here are some steps you can take:
1. Look for Damp Spots – Check basements, closets, window sills, roofs and around tubs, sinks and pipes.
2. Fix Damps Spots Immediately – Repair any water leak as soon as you notice it. And don’t allow accumulated water to sit.
3. Use Fans – Always use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom when cooking or showering. Let the fans run awhile after cooking or showering.
4. Vent Outside –Make certain your exhaust fans and clothes dryer vent to the outside.
5. Seal Tubs & Sinks – Make certain seals are tight so water doesn’t leak into and behind walls.
These are but a few of many things you can do to discourage the growth and buildup of mould. If you’d like to know more, Holley Home Inspections is certified to inspect specifically for mould.
What if you notice a musty smell in your home? You suspect mould but you don’t know where or what to look for. As already stated, certain rooms in your home are more likely than others to be exposed to moisture and those are the places to look at first. Check for discolouration or stains on floors, walls, window panes, fabrics and carpets. If you’re suspicious or convinced you have mould then you want an expert to come and inspect the premises to confirm those suspicions.
Given mould comes in a variety of types displaying different characteristics, Holley Home Inspection is equipped and certified to specifically look for and assess the mould in your house. Samples are taken from each site where mould exists then sent to a lab for analysis. When those results come back, then Holley delivers a report on the findings. Questions regarding the types of mould in your dwelling and what threats each may pose will be answered as thoroughly as possible. And, while Holley Home Inspections is not involved in the treatment of mould, your follow-up options will be described to you clearly and comprehensively.
So if you’re concerned about mould in your current home, or one you’re moving into, call, email or text Holley Home Inspections and ask about their specialized mould inspection.