How to Prevent Mold
Mold can be prevented from further damaging your home by continuing to check for the following:
· Moisture condensation on windows
· Cracking of plasterboard
· Drywall tape or wallpaper loosening
· Wood warping or cupping
· Musty smell
If any of the above is seen, seek out and take steps to eliminate the source of water penetration as quickly as possible.
Detection & Indicators of Mold
If you can see mold or if there is an earthly musty odor, you can assume that you have a mold problem. Allergic individuals will have reactions in areas of mold growth. Some of these reactions may include: sneezing, coughing, asthmatic episodes, eye irritation, nose and throat irritation, fever, chills, aches, pains and many more. Be sure to look for previous water damage on porous materials. Visible mold growth is often found underneath materials where water has damaged surfaces or behind walls. Also, look for discoloration and leaching from plaster. Another way to indicate if there is mold in your home is to get it tested. However, it is not recommended by the West Virginia Bureau for Public Heath to test your home for the initial determination. If you can see or smell mold, you have a moisture and mold problem. One must identify the moisture source and correct it. Airborne mold assessments require sampling equipment, so that should be taken care of by trained professionals; such as the Inspectors with Advantage Home & Environment. Standard assessment methods will vary depending on the type of material sampled. If sampling is done, normally a combination of source samples and airborne samples is recommended. Currently, there are no air standards for levels of mold indoors. Outdoor mold levels should always be taken during the same sampling time to compare with indoor air mold levels to provide a baseline for comparison.