Some Measures to Take When Mold Occurs
It is advisable that you deal with the mold growth in your home as soon as you discover this in some parts of your home, whether in the basement, attic, or on the walls of your bedrooms. Since the treatment could be a potential health risk, it is advisable that you get the help of a professional in assessing the mold in large areas, while the small spots of mold can be handled using DIY methods yourself.
Getting a qualified professional who will conduct a mold inspection, will help you establish the kind of mold present and the type of repairs which can be undertaken. Be aware that there are many mold inspectors in the industry, but it is better to choose the best professional that you can afford, and not just look at the cost of the services, especially this is a potentially serious situation.
The coverage of a mold inspection is around identification of any condition surrounding your home that supports mold growth, the pinpointing of problem areas like water damage, odours, signs of fungal growth, and others. Not only the inside, but also the outside of your property, that the mold inspector will conduct inspection on the exteriors of your property for some signs of water damage, leaks and broken pipes, broken gutters, and others that could be the sources.
After performing the initial inspection visually, the mold inspector will then measure the moisture levels in the walls of your property. The measurement of the moisture level is conducted by the inspector at intervals of about two feet, and special attention is focused in areas under sinks, around water heaters, and other places where water source is seen present. To show the level of moisture level present, the measurement of moisture is being done using a special meter with two small pins being inserted into the bottom part of the wall. Be informed that the acceptable level of the moisture is 15% or below.
Samples can be taken where there is a visible mold growth so you can identify of mold spores. After 3-4 days, expect the mold inspector to give you a report about the results.
There is one thing to do before the mold inspector will conduct the mold inspection, and this is to keep the doors and windows closed for as long as 12 to 14 hours. By doing this, you are making the results of the mold inspection to be as close to accuracy as possible. In this manner, the air samples will not contain the air from the outside and the mold inspector can detect odours.