Is Your Home Making You Sick?

Are you experiencing headaches, eye irritation, sneezing, itching, skin redness, or a rash? These might be the initial signs of mold exposure. Don’t ignore these symptoms; early detection and remediation can save you from severe health issues down the line.

Both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have classified mold toxins as carcinogenic. Long-term mold exposure can lead to serious health concerns, including breathing disorders, nosebleeds, ear infections, chronic sinusitis, and more. Some symptoms can be debilitating like pain in muscles and joints, nausea, vomiting, and chronic fatigue. These symptoms warrant immediate attention and action.

Walker’s Home Inspections provides professional mold testing and remediation services to ensure the safety and well-being of our clients.

Is Mold Growing In My Home?

Mold is a common yet potentially hazardous issue many homeowners face. It not only threatens the structural integrity of your house but can also lead to a myriad of health problems. Early detection is crucial, so it’s essential to recognize the signs and act swiftly. Here are some indicative symptoms of mold contamination:

  1. Musty Odors: One of the earliest signs of mold growth is a distinct, musty smell, similar to wet socks or rotting wood. This odor often becomes more pronounced in areas with poor ventilation, such as basements or attics.
  2. Visible Mold Growth: Mold manifests in various colors, including black, white, green, or even pink. Often, it starts as small speckled patches but can quickly spread across walls, ceilings, and floors if not treated promptly.
  3. Water Damage or Leaks: Persistent moisture is a prime breeding ground for mold. Signs like water stains on your ceiling, walls, or floors, peeling wallpaper, or buckling floorboards are often precursors to mold growth.
  4. Persistent Health Issues: Mold exposure can lead to numerous health complaints. If you or family members are experiencing allergic reactions, such as sneezing, skin rashes, or itchy eyes, or more serious respiratory issues without an apparent cause, it could be due to mold exposure.
  5. Condensation: Often seen on windows or metal pipes, condensation is an indicator of high humidity — a favorable condition for mold growth.
  6. Past Flooding: If your home has experienced flooding or significant water damage in the past, there’s a higher likelihood of mold presence, even if it was cleaned up promptly.
  7. Frequent Respiratory Illness: Mold spores, when inhaled, can exacerbate asthma symptoms and cause respiratory infections, especially in children and the elderly.

Our Mold Testing Process

At Walker’s Home Inspections, our certified professionals conduct thorough mold testing to identify the presence of mold and determine the source of moisture. Our process includes:

  1. Visual inspection of the property
  2. Collection of air and surface samples
  3. Detailed analysis of the samples by accredited laboratories
  4. Comprehensive report of the findings and recommendations for remediation

It’s important to note that there are no established government standards for permissible mold levels. However, our experienced professionals follow industry best practices to ensure that your indoor mold levels are lower than the outdoor levels.

Mold Remediation Services

If mold is detected in your home, prompt and effective remediation is essential. Our mold remediation services include:

  • Mold Removal: Using specialized equipment, our team meticulously removes mold from affected areas, ensuring that no traces are left behind.
  • Bio-Cide Treatment: We are proud to employ Bio-Cide products in our mold remediation process. As the only EPA-approved treatment for mold contamination, Bio-Cide ensures the effective elimination of mold while being safe for both the environment and inhabitants.
  • Dehumidification and Moisture Control: To prevent future mold growth, we implement strategies to control moisture and humidity levels in your space. This might include the use of professional-grade dehumidifiers or recommendations for home improvements.
  • Air Quality Testing: Post-remediation, we conduct air quality tests to ensure that mold spore counts are within safe limits, guaranteeing the health and safety of your family or employees.

Contact Walker’s Home & Commercial Inspections today to schedule your appointment.