Each and every day Pure Maintenance receives calls from Utah citizens who are looking at buying a home that may have mold or who are already sick because of mold issues in their current home. If you are in the market for purchasing a home or just have questions about potential health issues your own home may be causing, Pure Maintenance of Utah has some “Red Flag” items you should look for.
#5 An Old Unserviced Humidifier
Because of the water used in humidifiers, they become a breeding ground for mold. Obviously a clean working humidifier has it’s merits but if they are not cleaned out daily mold will begin to grow inside the machine and spread mold spores all throughout the home. As the humidity in your home increases mold will continue to grow in places other than the humidifier itself. The EPA recommends that the humidifier be emptied, dried and refilled on a daily basis.
#4 A Bathroom without a Fan or Ventilation
Think about the last time you showered. Each time you turn the warm water on your bathroom is soon filled with steam and moisture. This moisture is called home for thousands of mold spores. Mold will feed on this moisture and reproduce quickly on porous surfaces inside your bathroom. Sheetrock, grout, carpet and wood cabinets are popular places for mold to establish a stronghold. The best way to prevent bathroom mold growth is to have a good ceiling vent or fan. If you can get the moisture out of your bathroom quickly, mold spores will not have a chance to reproduce. If your home does not have a ventilation system in a bathroom with a shower, you should look at the possibilities of having one installed.
#3 A Crawl Space
It’s often difficult to avoid having a crawl space. However, there are things you can do to prevent mold growth and keep the mold from coming into your home. Crawl Spaces often receive moisture from rain, high water tables, and increased outdoor humidity. There are different strategies used to try to keep crawl spaces dry. Sump Pumps, Vapor Barriers, Insulation, and Drainage Systems are all available to help prevent mold buildup in crawl spaces. It is recommended that a professional contractor should be involved in the installation of which ever solution you choose. If any of the potential solutions are installed incorrectly they can create more problems than if they were never installed at all. If the crawl space access door is located inside your home make sure that it is sealed off tightly and that air is not coming into your home from the crawl space.
#2 A Leaky Pipe
Nearly every home in America will eventually spring a leak in a pipe somewhere. When a leak is found, it is important that the issue is taken care of as soon as possible. If the leak went more than 24 hours without being fixed, mold has probably already started to grow. Mold will grow exponentially over time so it is critical to take care of it quickly. If you had a leak in your home that was fixed the problem may not be over yet. Mold could be growing unannounced behind the sheetrock near the leak.
#1 A Flooded Basement
If you are looking to buy a home, make sure you ask about any floods that may have occurred while the former residents were living there. Moving water out of a basement is just the first step in taking care of a flood. Carpet and sheetrock are extremely porous and when water is introduced to those surfaces it creates a breeding ground for mold. If you have had a flood in your home your should have an air quality test taken to see if there is significant mold growth going on inside your home. It is important to remember that just because you cant see mold, doesn’t mean it isn’t growing in your home.