In a June 2006 report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that “excessive exposure to mold-contaminated materials can cause adverse health effects in susceptible persons regardless of the type of mold or the extent of contamination.” Could it be that some of the “odd” and nagging symptoms many people have are directly related to mold and they don’t even know it? A toxic mold inspection of the home is the only way to answer this question.
Most people couldn’t tell you exactly how much mold is in their home, because mold can’t always be seen. Mold home inspection technicians know that if it exists in unusually high quantities, it can become a highly hazardous health risk to people who live around it and inhale it. A person’s physical reaction to mold will be based on many factors, but mold is known to produce allergic reactions, cause fungal infections and cause poisoning by mytotoxins.
Mold home inspection services test for mold on surfaces, in out-of-the-way places and in the air. Once mold becomes airborne, humans can inhale it, and that can lead to many health problems such as:
- Allergic reactions
- Stuffy nose
- Eye, nose and throat irritation
Some people are immunocomprimised, meaning their immune systems aren’t as good at fighting off allergens as other people’s. Research shows that when these people inhale mold, it’s possible for the fungus to attach to cells within the respiratory tract and begin to grow. Toxic mold inspection professionals know that mold is often airborne and can be spread throughout a home through its heating and air-conditioning systems.
It’s not just immunocompromised individuals who are at risk for developing possible serious health problems from mold: constant and repeated exposure can result in the same issues in “normal” healthy people. Unlike with some other substances on this planet, humans don’t develop a tolerance to mold with regular exposure. It’s just the opposite. Only a professional toxic mold inspection can determine how much mold people are being exposed to.
But mold doesn’t start in the air. Damp, dark areas with poor ventilation are ideal breeding grounds for mold. Add to these areas wet furniture, clothing, bedding, pillows and the like, and a mold outbreak is almost certain to happen. Basements and attics that have been subjected to leaking and water damage are particularly good for breeding mold. You might not even need a toxic mold inspection in some cases: you’ll be able to see it and smell it.
You will, however, need a thorough mold home inspection to determine if the mold from the attic or basement has spread. Professional mold remediation companies test for mold and then use a variety to procedures to remove it and safeguard the health of those living in the home.
There’s nothing wrong with a home inspection as long as you know it’s necessary. But there is a lot wrong with a home inspection that isn’t necessary.
When a home inspector doesn’t take into account all of the issues that might negatively affect the homeowner – especially Florida home inspections – they set themselves up for failure.
Want to be sure your house is safe? Need more information on assessing its decay level? Arizona Home Inspection Pros can help you find out more.
Arizona Home Inspection Pros
229 S 85th St. Mesa, AZ 85208