Even the most aesthetically pleasing homes can have mold issues. A type of fungus that thrives on moisture, mold can trigger symptoms such as itching eyes, asthma attacks and bouts of sneezing or coughing. As a result of the possible health issues, mold is the sort of problem that should be dealt with prior to listing a home.
For those who are in the market to buy a home or those who are under contract - should hire a licensed professional to conduct a mold test. Here is a rundown of five places in the home where mold could be hiding.
Not On The Kitchen Menu
We all have saved leftovers; however, not all of us remember what is in our fridges and forget. WhatsCookingAmerica says it best, "While most molds prefer warmer temperatures, they can grow at refrigerator temperatures, too. Molds also tolerate salt and sugar better than most other food invaders. Therefore, molds can grow in refrigerated jams and jelly and on cured, salty meats (ham, bacon, salami, and bologna)." Cleanliness in the kitch is vital in controlling mold.
The Unwanted Basement Tenant
If climate control measures are not properly managed, basements can end up becoming breeding grounds for mold. Most basements that get little or no direct sunlight, are often more humid than other areas of the house, and get minimal ventilation, which can pose a problem if water floods the basement. Mold can go undetected for years in such spaces since it can grow behind walls, baseboards and insulation. Fortunately, detecting mold is possible not only by sight, but also by scent. Don't underestimate or ignore a moldy or musty smell since it could be evidence of major mold problem.
Unfortunately, mold can take root in places that may not be easily accessible and monitored - like the inside of an air conditioner unit. Mold can grow on the coils and if moisture enters the picture, a small problem can become a big one. If you begin coughing or sneezing more than regularly when the air conditioning units are turned on, is it best to perform a thorough cleaning or invest in another unit.
Obviously we all expect mold to grow in the basement, but did you know about fireplace mold? Fireplaces are unused for half the year at most. When unused, mold manifests because of the dim lighting, usually poorly ventilated, and at most times damp. Like mold that grows in air conditioners - if you start developing respiratory issues or recognize a musty odor, you will want to inspect your chimney. Because it can be difficult to inspect and clean the entire fireplace yourself, we recommend calling a professional.
If Walls Could Talk
One of the most common places for mold to form and grow is behind walls. Humid air behind the walls can be problematic, particularly if water finds its way back there as a result of things like flooding. It's also possible for mold to form behind wallpaper. People can determine whether or not they have mold behind their walls by having an inspector come in and check.
Mold is no laughing matter. Before listing, it would be wise to address any mold issues. People who are planning to buy a home should have an inspector conduct a test to prevent any future problems. Taking the proper steps will help to remedy any mold situation that may be present.