When Miami turns the heat up, you usually want to make sure you can retreat to your home, where it’s cooler, be it through electric fans or air conditioning. However, the problem with the heat and humidity is that it can trigger the growth of mold in your home. Now, thanks to the health issues concerning mold infestations, as a homeowner, renter, landlord, or real estate agent you should regularly call in a Miami mold testing team, to test if your house is still relatively free of mold.
Why should I watch out for Mold?
Mold infestations, because of their “silent danger,” are a very serious issue. For real estate agents and landlords, they have to make sure that their properties are as free of mold as possible, since they can have issues with renting or selling their spaces. Even worse, they can also run afoul of the local health department. For those who wish to buy a new house, it’s also a good idea to have a mold inspection assessment, since cleaning mold up will have its own fees, which will end up practically added to the acquisition cost of the home. Finally, if you are a renter, you should make sure that your place is being maintained properly by your landlord – and that’s where a mold inspection team comes in.
What is Mold? Why should I be concerned?
Mold is a type of fungus, and it looks like a thread network with some colorful spots. They thrive in damp and dark areas, and they do tend to prefer colder places. As with most fungi, they use spores to spread their spawn using the wind, and it is these spores that can trigger allergic reactions in many people. It doesn’t help that with certain kinds of mold, the spores are also armed with toxic substances that can seriously affect a person’s health if there is long-term exposure.
Molds can also infest food, so mold colonies in the kitchen or nearby areas can make food decay faster. Mold can also disrupt digestion.
It is because mold is like this that there are many issues when it comes to mold infestations in houses.
Why should I call in a Miami mold testing team? Can’t I do it myself?
Well, the answer to that is in two parts. You definitely can do the basic check before calling in a mold testing team, but at the same time, you should also realize that if you want mold to be removed from your house, you need to study the mold infestation in your house thoroughly, and that is what a mold inspection and testing team can do for you.
It’s easy to spot the first signs yourself: If any of your family is allergic to mold, then in a sense you are lucky, since you have an early warning system. Barring that, do take note o friends who come over who are sensitive to mold. If they start having allergic reactions, then you know that mold is present. To pinpoint possible areas of infestation, all you have to do is follow your nose. The “moldy” smell can help pinpoint where it is in your house – or at least, which room it’s in.
Do take note of where you can smell a bit of mold in your house, and then submit that to the inspection team, so they will have an easier time with checking, testing and analyzing your house’s mold issues.
If you’re worried about the mold inspection and testing team’s qualifications, do make sure to ask around, and see if your friends or loved ones have ever used mold inspection services. If they have, then find out if they’re worth it. Also, you should make sure that the mold inspection company has people who are properly accredited for the job, and accredited to work in the area you’re in.
What they look for
Miami mold testing and inspection teams are methodical in the way they work. Here are the areas of the house that they usually check.
Garden and garage
Your garden can be a trigger for mold growth. Landscaping may actually encourage water to go towards the house, and this means that the water can either go to the walls, or end up in the foundation or basement areas. Plants that are placed too close to the walls can also trigger mold, as will water sprinklers, if part of their water delivery orbit keeps on hitting the wall of the house.
Your roof is also another possible living space for mold, particularly if there are water leaks. This can affect gutters, attics, and sealed roof and ceiling structures. This also means that mold can spread from above, going along the structural supports of the roof section, and end up crawling down the walls.
As mentioned in the issues for garden and garage, water may seep into the foundation. If your foundation has a crawlspace or basement, then those areas can be big issues, given how the damp and dark can encourage mold to grow at lightning speed. Mold can end up forming on the support and main foundation supports.
Plumbing and fixtures
Your whole water delivery system – your water pipes – is a time bomb when it comes to mold. Once the water pipes leak, the ensuing damp area is ready-made, practically, for mold. The same goes for fixtures in the house, like faucets and sinks. All you have to do is look under the sink, or behind the faucet’s main areas, to see if mold infestations have begun.
Do remember, there is nothing wrong with calling in a Miami mold testing and inspection team.