Water has a habit of making its way into places where it has no business being. When this happens, serious problems can ensue. One of these problems is the growth of mold. The type of damage that mold causes depends upon the specific type of mold that it is. Some mold causes structural damage while another mold can be a severe allergy irritant.
Having a mold inspection performed by a well-trained professional is the only way to accurately identify the problem and determine its extent. The experienced technicians at Dri-Max Restoration have already performed more than 6,000 mold inspections in the Miami area. There’s a good chance that your friends and neighbors have already learned that Dri-Max can be trusted to provide a thorough and unbiased mold inspection that gives you an honest picture of the mold situation in your home or business.
How Did I Get Mold in My House?
It’s surprising the number of places that mold can show up in an ordinary home. From the walls, ceilings, windows and floors to the insulation, air ducts and basements, it may seem like mold can put in an appearance just about anywhere you can imagine.
The reality is that people are surrounded by mold all the time. These organisms are microscopic. In fact, they usually are so tiny that it’s not possible to see them with the naked eye. Mold serves a useful purpose in nature as it helps to break down plant matter. However, when they make their way indoors and start to actually digest the materials that are found in homes, they become a huge concern.
Because mold is made up of tiny spores, it’s easy for it to get into your house. When the spores get wet, they are activated to start growing. This triggers them to start digesting whatever they come into contact with.
How do the spores get wet? It usually happens as the result of a plumbing or roof leak, but it also may occur when humidity levels are routinely high. A flood also is bad news when it comes to mold. In fact, mold is one of the most devastating after-effects of flooding.
Signs That You May Have a Mold Problem
Several signs may indicate that mold is getting out of hand in your home. Many people spot odd discolorations on windows, walls or ceilings. If these places are known to also be perpetually wet, then there is a good chance that this discoloration is mold.
Strange odors also may be a sign that mold is a problem. People usually describe the scent that mold gives off as “musty.” If you have a spot in your house that always smells musty, then chances are good that mold is causing it.
Another telltale sign of mold issues is health problems suffered by the home’s occupants. Many people experience an allergic reaction to mold. Symptoms may include a stuffy, runny nose and watery eyes. Some of the more severe symptoms may include headaches, dizziness or memory loss.
If there are any areas in your home that are wet because of a leak, a flood or condensation, then it is likely that mold spores are growing there. Sometimes, this occurs in out-of-the-way places that homeowners rarely visit. Accordingly, they may not be able to identify a problem until it has gotten out of control. This is just one more reason why it makes sense to call in the experts at Dri-Max Restoration to conduct a thorough mold inspection.
Why You Should Have a Professional Perform a Mold Inspection
Only a trained and qualified mold inspector knows precisely where to look and what to look for during a mold inspection. This is a home maintenance matter where experience undoubtedly counts. A knowledgeable technician can not only uncover a mold problem but also identify the specific molds that are causing the issue.
The technician knows to look for signs of past and current mold growth. Some spots in your house may be wet on a seasonal basis. This means that at the time of the inspection, mold growth may not be ongoing. Nonetheless, the inspector will be able to identify the problem and perhaps figure out how and why it is occurring. This gives you the information you need to consider addressing the problem.
Your mold inspection will include examinations both inside and outside the building and even inside the walls. Access to attics, basements and crawlspaces may be required. A thorough examination is required in order to fully define the extent of the mold problem.
The technician may find that some of the mold growth in your home is normal and perfectly harmless. For instance, there are molds that grow on the sap in lumber. Once the sap dries up, the mold stops growing. These harmless growths are no threat to structural integrity or human health. However, your technician also can tell you if the mold they find is a more dangerous variety that may be affecting your quality of life.
One of the main things that your mold inspector will look for is moisture sources. Without water, mold is unable to grow. If mold is actively growing, it follows that moisture is accessing the space somehow. Addressing the mold issue means finding and eliminating the source of the water. The technician likely will be able to diagnose where the water is coming from, and he may even suggest ways that it could be stopped.
Trusted Miami Mold Inspections from Dri-Max Restoration
For several years, residents of Miami and the surrounding communities have trusted Dri-Max to provide thorough, unbiased mold inspections. We’re a part of the local neighborhood, and that’s why we work harder to gain the respect of our customers. When people call us for a mold inspection, they know that they will benefit from our years of experience and the thousands of mold inspections that we’ve already performed.
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