As a homeowner, you’ll find yourself dealing with all sorts of unexpected problems. Mold tends to arrive when moisture does, but in many ways, it’s far more difficult to get rid of. Luckily, you’re not alone in your fight against an infestation.

Mold Guide

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1. Mold’s Impact On Your Home

Mold is detrimental to your home in terms of your health and the stability of your structural supports. When mold takes root in your home, it can slowly start to eat away at your overall quality of life. It’s been recorded as having the greatest impact on your respiratory system, and especially those of children. Mold may be to blame if you’re experiencing symptoms including:

  • Coughing
  • Congestion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Itching eyes and/or skin

A moldy home also serves as an incubator for early asthma in children. That said, it’s not easy to identify mold as the cause behind a respiratory illness, as it’s not always easy to spot in your home. Mold can take root in a myriad of places, including in your walls or in your air ducts. Medical professionals will often assess your family history before suggesting you have a professional look over your home.

Even so, mold has had a significant impact on the health of families in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas. It’s been determined that mold is one of the primary causes behind infant pulmonary hemosiderosis, and despite the CDC’s updates to housing code, it continues to plague familial residences as well as businesses.

That said, mold also directly impacts your home’s market value. Homes with mold problems that aren’t dealt with before they’re put on the market often lose up to 30 percent of their overall value. You can sell homes that have mold in them, but you will have to inform both your real estate agent and potential buyers.

As mentioned, it’s not easy to identify mold once it’s made its way into your home. Mold can spread through the air within 24 to 48 hours of taking root. Once it’s settled, it can make its way into most porous surfaces, include soft furniture, drywall and wood.

2. Identifying Mold In Your Home

The symptoms of mold will first manifest in tandem with signs of seepage or a leak. You’ll want to consult a professional to determine why certain symptoms appear in your home and what their source may be.

That said, there are some clear signs of mold that you can look out for. These include:

  • Obvious growths or mold clusters
  • Unpleasant, musty, or moist smells
  • Difficulty breathing 

One of the easiest ways to determine whether or not you have mold in your home is to listen to your nose. You can usually identify mold and mustiness by smell. While you may not be able to spot the mold visually, you can still follow your nose and let professionals know where you think the bulk of a cluster may have settled.

3. Finding Mold In Your Home

Mold loves moisture and dark places. With that in mind, you’re most likely to find mold in your: 

That said, mold can also grow inside your walls. If you’re noticing signs of seepage or water damage throughout your home but neither you nor a professional can identify any clusters, you may need to replace your plaster and drywall to make sure your house is free of any particles.

4. Mold and Moisture

Mold tends to find its way into your home at the same time water does. If your foundation or basement have cracked, you’re likely to invite mold into your home. This is the case even if your humidity rises and you don’t have the waterproofing measures like a dehumidifier to keep it at bay.

5. Handling A Mold Problem

If you do find mold in your home, it’s best not to try and handle removal on your own. Instead, you’ll want to get in touch with the professionals working in your area as soon as possible. The contractors working in Moberly, Springfield, St. Louis, and Kansas City are all trained to safely and thoroughly remove mold from your home, ensuring that it won’t return after it’s been cleared away.

6. Taking Preventative Steps

That said, mold can be tenacious. You’re going to need to do everything you can to keep the humidity in your home low if you want to keep it from making its way back inside. You can talk to the professionals in your area about the waterproofing measures that may best suit your home, and you’ll receive a free quote on any services you’re interested in.

Encapsulation with strong vapor barriers and drainage options are among the best solutions for comprehensive crawl space waterproofing. If you want to protect your home from slippage or settlement, you can talk to your local contractors about foundation repair solutions like piering, especially if you have a weak or damaged foundation. Finally, you can always invest in indoor drainage systems, like an interior drain and sump pump, if you want to actively drive water out of your basement.

Contact your local basement waterproofing, crawl space repair, and foundation repair experts at Foundation Recovery Systems today to learn more about how you can create a safer and healthier home!