The effects of mold are not limited to your home but can cause you and your family serious health issues. You install locks, alarm systems, and smoke detectors to protect your family, but mold is equally dangerous. How do you know if you have mold? We want to educate people as much as possible about the dangers of mold. The following questions are to help you determine if you have mold as well as what possible causes of mold in your house may be.
Q. Have you noticed a musty smell in your bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room, crawl space or basement?
Why: The musty smell is a waste product of mold. Mold waste products cause humans and their pets the greatest health risks. Water damage is the leading cause of mold growth in our homes and is commonly found in your bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room, crawl space, and basement.
Q. Have you noticed you feel more ill than usual?
Why: Some of us mistake our flu-like symptoms, respiratory problems and chronic headaches, for allergies or eating bad food, but in reality, the cause is your home. Mold-induced health issues are extensive. Read more on Mold-Induced Illnesses
Q. Have you taken a vacation and felt better?
Why: 1 in 4 of us are allergic to mold. If you feel more energetic away from your home, it is because your body is under constant attack from itself. The fatigued feeling is caused by your natural defense system working overtime.
Q. Has it been more than six months since your crawl space was inspected by a Mold Inspector?
Why: Mold growth is best in moist environments, and crawl spaces in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC provide the ideal climates. If your home is more than 10 years old and your vapor barrier has not been serviced, a Mold Inspection or Indoor Air Quality Test (IAQ) should be conducted.
Q. Have you had a sump pump failure or water intrusion in your basement?
Why: Moisture and our home's insulation are perfect for mold growth. Mold needs water and a consistent temperature, both found in our homes. If you experienced water damage; we recommend a visual mold inspection.
Call American Home Services if you answered YES to any of the questions above. One of our licensed and certified Mold Inspectors will come to your home and conduct a visual inspection. They will also walk you through the mold remediation, mold removal, and indoor air quality testing process. Your health begins with a healthy home.
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