Nobody wants to spend a lot of time worrying about and treating residential mold. Today’s homeowner has enough to worry about already. Mold is one of those things you hope never becomes a problem in your home—and as long as you don’t notice any warning signs, you carry on as usual without giving it much thought.
But this is exactly why mold is such a serious problem. It starts out small, hidden, out of view. As the months and years pass by, it slowly grows and spreads. Eventually, you realize you have a full-scale mold invasion on your hands. And by then, rubber gloves and a bottle of bleach aren’t going to do any good. When things get to this point, you’re already talking about a large scale (and very expensive) cleanup operation.
Many American homeowner’s still aren’t convinced. There are people who insist that mold isn’t really that big of a problem, and that your chances of having a serious mold problem at home are slim-to-none. These people obviously haven’t spoken to the millions of American families who have found themselves with no choice but to pour thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars into large-scale mold cleanup operations. In some cases, homes have even been condemned and undergone demolition because the mold is so out of hand.
Statistically speaking, it’s true that you probably won’t end up in this category. But there is a huge middle ground of properties that need considerable cleanup efforts when it comes to mold. These cleanup efforts cost time and money, and homeowners want to avoid them if possible.
Here are the top five reasons to focus on mold prevention, and stop mold in its tracks before it becomes a serious problem:
1. Mold is a health risk
By far, the most important reason to tackle mold early is the health problems it can cause. This goes for people and pets. When toxic mold spores are routinely breathed in through the respiratory passages, a whole host of illnesses and chronic problems can result. All of the leading government agencies, including the CDC, list residential mold as a serious health risk. Mold spores can also lead to rash and other skin irritations, simply by coming into contact with skin.
2. Mold can bring property values down
You’ve probably heard stories about houses being knocked down, or needing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cleanup and renovations in order to remediate a serious mold invasion. This can and does happen, but it’s not likely. A more common scenario is a moderate mold invasion which needs a professional cleanup effort. In many States, this even must be communicated to potential buyers and real estate agents. The impact of past mold invasions on property values is well-documented.
3. Mold grows behind the scenes
It would be one thing if mold growth were always obvious and visible to the naked eye, but this is not at all the case. Mold grows silently and stealthily, often setting up shop behind walls, underneath floors, and even inside your home’s duct system. A professional assessment may be the only way to determine the true extent of the problem.
What you should do next
If you’ve never had a consultation with a professional mold remediation company, now might be the time. Your property will be inspected and assessed from top to bottom, using various tools like infrared technology and scientific lab testing. This will enable specialists to determine what, if any, type of mold problem you have. Chances are, you’ll be given some prevention tips and advice, and your mind will be set as ease. If a mold problem does exist in your home, you’ll know exactly what steps need to be taken in order to stop it cold.
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