If you think you might have a mold issue in your house, you need to look for any hidden mold. Some mold is easy to spot, but it can be harder to spot in places like your HVAC ducts or walls. If you have a household mold issue, you need to make sure you get rid of all the mold, or else it’ll just keep getting worse. If you only take out the visible mold, but don’t get rid of the unseen mold, it’ll just keep growing and spreading.
How To Know if there is mold hidden in your home?
For most strains of mold, it’s easy to spread from one area of your home to another. So, if you notice mold on one wall, there’s a good chance it’s inside that wall. If you notice mold on your carpet, you’re likely to find it under your carpet and maybe even under your floorboards. So, if you find mold anywhere in your home, we recommend thoroughly inspecting your entire home for mold. Many strains of mold produce chemical vapors known as microbial VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) which have a distinctive musty smell.
As you can imagine, mold can be difficult to locate in a space like behind the wall papers, under the carpets, attics etc. To find mold inside walls, you’ll need a saw to make holes every couple of feet, and remove any insulation. You’ll also need a flashlight and a mirror to search inside the walls. To find mold under floorboards, you can pull up carpet, and any padding underneath the carpet, then cut holes every several feet. You can use the same tool and mirror to search under the floor. If mold is found on the exterior of the wall or on your carpeting, it’s important to be careful not to spread mold spores during the search. Mold spores can cause you to become sick if inhaled, and they can also land on other areas and cause further mold growth if left untreated.
How to test for mold and get rid off it?
If you suspect mold growth in your home, a mold inspection is necessary to determine the extent of the problem. If household mold is not treated properly, it can lead to allergic reactions, illness, and costly home repairs. For mold inspection you can consult Mould Removal North West to hire mould removal experts. The trained professionals come to your home and use a mold sampling device attached to a cassette.
Once the sampling process is complete, the samples are sent to the lab where an analyst will take the spore trap off the cassette and attach it to a microscope slide. The lab analyst will identify and quantify the mold spores that are present and create a detailed lab report. If the mold analysis shows that there’s more mold inside than outside your house, you might want to get mold remediation done. A mold or water damage specialist can take out the damaged stuff (like drywall, furniture, carpets, etc.) and use a fan to completely dry it out.