Mold has one main purpose—to decompose. This alone is the basis for the negative effects it has on our homes. Once colonization begins, mold can literally eat away at our homes and weaken or even destroy its structural integrity if left untreated for a prolonged amount of time.
When decomposition occurs on our property, the damage can be expensive and sometimes permanent. It is estimated that mold damage repairs cost homeowners over $1 billion annually which has prompted the spike in pre-purchase home inspections—and rightly so. Hidden building components like wooden studs, the backs of walls, and other structural members can usually be repaired, but the further the extent of the mold damage – the more expensive it is. If you are purchasing a home or new property, a low-cost mold inspection by an experienced mold inspector is worth taking the time to do. If a mold problem is identified, then you can avoid assuming the cost and liability of remediation. On the other hand, if no mold is found then the property gets a clean bill of health and you get the peace of mind that your new home and your health won’t be compromised by mold. As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
**Mold can be found practically anywhere and affects each person differently. There are 12 types of mold most commonly found in our homes. Aspergillus, Chaetomium, Stachybotrys, Aureobasidium, Penicillium, Fusarium, Trichoderma, Ulocladium, Alternaria, Acremonium, Mucor, and Cladosporium. Mold is classified into three different types; Allergenic, Pathogenic, and Toxigenic, having a mold issue in your home can lead to serious effects on your health.
What causes mold?
There are several factors that can cause mold growth, some of the most common listed below
*Water intrusion (such as flooding) from either natural or plumbing issues
*Cracks in foundation walls and floors
*Downspouts and gutters that are leaky, broken or blocked by debris
*Failure of or missing sump pump
*Condensation or leaks from old or poorly sealed windows
*Drainage issues of exterior water due to faulty grading
*Poor air circulation
*Roof damage and leaks
What can we do to help?
If you suspect you may have a mold issue, we are here to help! Give us a call and we will get a certified inspector out to your property as soon as possible. The inspector will do a visual inspection and test the relative humidity throughout to see if there are elevated levels of moisture identified. During the visual inspection, the inspector will be able to call out if he sees anything that he deems suspicious of mold. Per the visual inspection, the inspector will advise if he recommends sampling in any of the areas inspected.
If you are not in Denver or the surrounding area, no problem! We do inspections all throughout Colorado, including but not limited to; Aurora, Parker, Colorado Springs, Sterling, Ft. Morgan, Pueblo, Greeley, Boulder, Vail, Breckenridge, and have even gone to New Mexico and Wyoming to assist with mold inspections.
It is important for you, whether you are the homeowner, the potential new homeowner, or the contractor to have an inspector and company that you can trust. One thing we can 100% guarantee is that we will be that company for you! We will be available to assist you in any way we can throughout every step of the process. Please feel free to contact us with any questions 24/7 at Contact@buildsafeenviro.com or 720-598-0601. We look forward to serving you!!
To learn more about the most common types of mold found in our homes, check out our blog: https://www.buildsafeenvironmental.com/the-12-most-common-types-of-mold-found-in-homes/
To learn more about the importance of a Mold Inspection before purchasing a new home, check out our blog: https://www.buildsafeenvironmental.com/real-estate-and-mold-inspections/