Dealing with the Dangers of Mold in Your Home

Mold in your home can easily cause health problems for your family. Itchy eyes, sneezing and coughing are immediate signs that mold is affecting your family.

More serious problems include allergic reactions, asthma attacks and serious lung damage.

Because of the nature of mold, it often goes undetected for a long time, says Lloyd of C4U Inspections. Most people don’t know mold is growing in their home right now. Lloyd provided us with an example of house he was inspecting recently. Improper ventilation installation in the attic caused mold to spread. You can see the mold in the photos below. It’s a serious health hazard that many families are not aware of.

Lloyd says he has been to houses that are so neat and clean but he has found mold the owners were not aware of. While most mold grows in places where you can’t see it, it’s mold in ductwork that poses the biggest threat to health. Owners start up their heating and wonder why they are coughing and wheezing.

Mold needs moisture, oxygen, a food source and a surface on which to grow. A heating duct or vent is the perfect environment. Moreover, while it is possible for mold to grow in the ductwork of a central heating system, it is even more common to find mold in the parts of a heating or cooling system that collect the most dust and have the highest exposure to moisture — that includes air-conditioning coils and fan housings
Mold Inspection Basics
Why test for mold.
By testing for mold will be able to tell the kinds of mold live in your home or car and with the air testing one will find out the amounts of mold growing with in your home or car.
How to test for mold.
You/we can either take a swab or sample on a tape to be tested, but more importantly is having air samples taken in the living space of the home or car. C4U Inspections uses a special device to test for contamination.
Areas that regularly need to be tested for mold.
Crawlspaces, attics, living space of home or car, rugs, heating units, air conditioners and inside wall cavities, and more.
Mold testing fees.
The price will depends on the amount of testing that has to be done. While each case is different, the base price is $450.
Mold removal methods.
Small contaminated areas can be repair by home owner and larger areas show be dealt with by a professional mold remediator and then retested for clearance.

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Lloyd doesn't break the rules for anyone and as a leading chief home inspector in BC, that means he follows industry requirements,  government regulations and licensing codes of conduct to the letter. Unbiased, ethical and professional home inspection and building consultation services.

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