Mold is a type of fungus that loves the moist, wet areas of your house. There are about 50 kinds of mold that are toxic to humans, plus it can cause serious damage to your house that is very expensive to repair ($10,000 or more). The best way to avoid a mold problem is to do mold detection in your house thoroughly at least once a year.
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HOW TO DO Mold Detection:
What does mold look like? It varies, but mold is generally white, black or yellow in color and has a cottony or leathery texture. Mold also carries a pungent odor that’s similar to a dirty, wet sock.
Note: Always wear a mask and gloves on your mold search to prevent unnecessary contact with or inhalation of the spores.
Check your bathrooms. Mold can crop up anywhere there’s moisture, so bathrooms are common culprits. Check the area around your bathtub, shower stalls and shower pan very carefully – mold usually rears its head in the grout above and around the tub and shower because water can seep behind the tiles, where it gets trapped. Also check the area where your toilet meets the floor to make sure it’s not leaking and providing a breeding ground for mold.
Check your sinks. Every sink in your house is vulnerable to mold, so it’s important to check all of them. Pay special attention to the areas near water pipes and valves underneath your sinks, which may have leaks. Use a flashlight to check dark areas so you don’t miss anything!
Check your basement. Start by inspecting the corners of your basement, looking for mold or water leaks. Also check all closets and window wells. If your basement has carpet, touch all areas with your bare foot or hand to test for moisture. If you find any water, identify the source of the water immediately, fix the problem, and check those areas very carefully for signs of mold. Note: If you have a finished basement, mold will be more difficult to detect because your walls and carpet may cover it up. Be extra vigilant with the smell test of your walls (step #5), and run a dehumidifier regularly to remove excess moisture.
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