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Mold is another issue that can cause health problems for your family. Children at the age of five and younger tend to put things in their mouth including those little fingers that touched the window sill that may have mold spoors. This is common on older wood windows and trim.
But mold doesn’t stop around your windows it can be found in your attic, basement, walls, ceiling, and in your kitchen cabinets. Mold will grow anywhere that will allow its roots to dig in for exponential growth. According to the Center for Science Education, Extreme heat or cold can contribute to poor air quality. In the cooler climates, homeowners are warning their homes with ductwork that may be unclean. PM 2.5 describes particulate matter that is 2.5 microns in size. They are tiny particles produced mainly by factories, cars, and chemical reactions in our atmosphere.
These particles are not visible to the naked eye. But, during inversions, you might notice haze, which is made up of PM 2.5, PM 10 (particles 10 microns in size), and other pollutants. The first way to check for mold is to look for a musty smell. Also, look around at the corners of your walls, down at the baseboards, in closets with your HVAC systems, and in your attic. Attics are the most overlooked areas of the home that is rarely inspected by the homeowner. Many contractors that would give you an estimate may walk on your roof but rarely get inside your attic. Likewise, your roof can be an area where mold/mildew/fungus and get hold and grow roots that can grow under the asphalt shingle causing additional moisture leading to mold.
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Keep a close eye on the dampest areas of your home because those are optimal environments for mold to grow such as behind the washer/dryer, bathrooms, and kitchen. As you look for mold in your home, keep in mind that it may start growing close to the ground. Mold can grow quickly after a flood or other water and hail damage. An air purifier or dehumidifier can help keep mold growth at bay. Air purifiers don’t remove the mold spores specifically, but they will keep the moisture down eliminating most of the musty smells. Also, it should also be mentioned that when buying your new home the last homeowners may have had pets, smoked, have had, or still do have fuel-burning appliances, furniture, and paints that have formaldehyde among other sources.
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This is why it’s important to have proper ventilation including but not limited to gas stoves because if you purchase a home with a gas stove without adequate ventilation, it can become hazardous to your health. If your home inspector indicates a toxic mold presence, it is vital that you act fast. While there are thousands of different forms of mold, not all harmful, toxic molds present a huge problem and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Delay in acting to eliminate the mold leaves time for you and your family to be contaminated from the spores causing serious health symptoms. Of the most common signs of a possible mold problem is the emergence of health issues. These typically include severe allergy-like symptoms that don’t dissolve regularly as allergies normally would. In more severe cases, a mold infestation can cause a number of more serious health symptoms including:
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Stiff joints
  • Abdominal pain
  • Increased urinary frequency
  • Chronic cough
  • Itchy eyes
  • Itchy skin
  • Poor memory
  • Blurred vision
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Dry skin
  • Watery eyes
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Mold is another issue that can cause health problems for your family. Children at the age of five and younger tend to put things in their mouth including those little fingers that touched the window sill that may have mold spoors. This is common on older wood windows and trim.
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