Many people are unaware that their home contains mold until they try to sell it, and a potential buyer commissions a home inspection which reveals mold growth. For some buyers, this is deal breaker, as mold can be toxic and lead to breathing and other health problems.
“Mold is caused by stagnant moisture, which can get trapped in your home, including your air ducts, and cause health issues,” explains Tom Eppers, co-owner, Dowe & Wagner, a heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning company serving residential and commercial customers in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Black speckled areas on your walls or ceiling may indicate an infestation of mold, which is a fungus. The less toxic mildew is usually gray or white. Both may produce a musty, rotting smell. Visible mold on the air vents usually occurs when there’s moisture inside the ductwork.
Here are four facts to help you keep your home mold-free:
1. “The best way to prevent mold is proper airflow throughout the house, especially for areas that can become damp, such as bathrooms and basements,” Eppers says.
2.The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises to control mold growth by controlling moisture. “Water can enter your home by leaking or seeping through basement floors. Showering or even cooking can add excess moisture to the air.”
3. For treatment, Eppers advises contacting a mold remediation company to test and remove any mold, which has been linked to respiratory health issues including allergies and asthma.
4. To prevent a recurrence, Eppers urges looking for the source of the mold and eliminating it. He says, “Some homes are so tightly sealed that airflow is restricted. We use an infiltrometer to test the air exchanges in the home, and make any recommendations if more fresh air intakes are needed, or if some vents need to be sealed to maintain optimum airflow.”
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