The word MOLD has become what nightmares are made of for homeowners and investors. By now, I am sure your own research has led you to the knowledge that the mold you see is not your biggest problem, it’s the mold that you cannot see that is lurking in the corners of your mind, creeping its way into your dreams, and robbing you of peaceful sleep. That is most homeowner’s problem. BUT, maybe that is just me. As a Mold Assessor and Remediator I have seen and dealt with mold issues in my own personal homes, starting with the first home we purchased as a newly married couple. It is because of these experiences that I became a Licensed Mold Assessor and Remediator.
Even recently, my wife came to me and said she would like to schedule an
appointment with me for a Comprehensive Mold Inspection to be done in
our home. She said it jokingly, but with that glint in her eye that as her
husband I have learned means she won’t take “NO” for an answer. When I
asked her reasoning, she simply said, “Because we have had 2 rounds of
sinus/cold like symptoms pass thru this home in one month.” For my family,
increased sinus issues indicate that we have been exposed to abnormal
indoor mold growth. Sure enough, to my surprise, I started checking what I
call “Hot Spots” for mold growth within the home, and the first one revealed
the problem. What appeared as a small spot of surface mold on the inside
of a cabinet ended up being the only visible area of a 12 FT long by 4.5 FT
high hidden mold issue. At some point a pipe had cracked inside our kitchen
wall and had been slowly leaking through the brick into the back of our
It was during this time as news of our mold infestation begin to spread
throughout our network of friends and family that the questions begin
about what I considered “Hot-Spots” for mold growth within the home.
To answer this question effectively, the ground work to have a proper indoor mold discussion needs to be set. First, let me set your mind at ease. Mold should never be the thing you have nightmares about. It can be treated, and it
can be avoided. Mold is not always toxic or poisonous, but some species can produce mycotoxins that can cause serious health issues, and other species can cause allergic reactions in people.
Mold is a fungus that grows best in warm, damp, and humid locations. It can survive indoors at any time of the year. It spreads by producing tiny spores that are released into the air. If these spores land on a damp spot, and if the conditions within the home are right, then they will begin to grow.
The best way to control indoor mold growth is to control the moisture and humidity levels within your home.
Let’s talk about where mold is most likely to grow within your home. These are known as the “Hot Spots”
Mold Growth "Hot Spots" In Visible Areas:
gaps in caulk or where condensation gathers.
Another key thing to remember when you are walking thru
your home is that mold is not always black in color. It can
be gray, white, brown, yellow, green, or black. It can appear
as discoloration, look like rust on carpet or walls, some
species looks like white spots or a powder coating.
Mold can give off a musty or earthy odor. If you smell this
throughout your home, or in one area, then it could be a
sign that mold is present and just hiding where you can’t see.
Preventing Indoor Mold Growth:
To keep mold from growing in your home, the CDC & EPA recommend the following:
What should I do if I identify a Mold Problem in my home?
Remember, not every black spot or suspicious staining is mold. However, if the conditions are right within your home with a moisture and food source present, then most likely it is mold. If it is a small area that you have identified you can certainly try and handle the situation yourself as a homeowner.
Keep these 5 points in mind:
Before any homeowner addresses a mold issue in their home, we always recommend a comprehensive inspection to be done to identity any other areas of concern as well, and to establish just how severe the issue is. Just as I stated in the beginning of this article, our latest mold issue at first glance to the untrained eye, looked like a simple surface mold issue, but my years of experience told me it was not that simple, and using my knowledge along with the latest technology and tools in the business, we uncovered the truth that this was a Condition 3 Mold Remediation. We moved quickly, calling in our team, set up the proper containment, with negative air filtration, and got to work.
I overheard my wife talking later to a friend. The friend asked her if she was upset and how was she handling it. My wife laughed and said, “This is what we do! I am just thankful we have the experience and knowledge needed to handle this situation. It wasn’t always this way, and there was a time we wouldn’t have made the connection between our health issues and a mold problem. It is because of our experiences and the knowledge we gained through research and training that we are now able to help others quickly identify an issue, or handle their remediation.”
She is right. Mold is what we do.
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"Hot Spots" In Not So Visible Areas: