A mold problem is a concern for every building. Mold is found in damp building materials where it often appears like stains. It is accompanied by a musty smell, which indicates microbial growth even when there is no visible growth. If mold grows considerably in homes or offices, it can contribute to poor indoor air quality.
And not just the problem of air quality or stains, mold can also have devastating effects on the health of the persons coming in contact with the mold spores. That’s why an immediate inspection and its removal are so important.
Before theteam arrives, you can do some preparation to make it easier for you and them. So here are
5 points to know while preparing for a mold inspection –
Before moving on to the actual points, it is worthwhile to let you know – Please don’t panic. Mold problems are common and frequently occur in most parts of the provinces. There’s nothing to be scared of. If you saw no symptoms with your body before the inspection, then you’ll be fine even after it.
Let the inspection team handle everything. The more you panic, the more chances that you will screw up something.
Don’t Do Anything Special.
You shouldn’t conduct a “Do it yourself” test ahead of time. Cleaning up does not preclude an expert’s ability to find areas of suspicion or even find mold, but it can severely affect the test results. The steps you take will disturb the composition of the mold spread. So if possible, do not do anything special.
Keep the Area Isolated
Before the inspection, you should try to isolate the area completely. Sealing the area will prevent the spores from spreading around. Suppose the buildup is commonplace like kitchen or bathroom, preferably avoid using it for some time. Also, control the children and pets for the time being.
Stop the Air Circulation
Turn off your HVAC systems or any fans that surround the mold area. Otherwise, the ventilation can cause the spores to become airborne. For any reason you cannot turn off ventilation systems, you can cover the vents. It will lower the air circulation.
Try Not to Clean It
Do not use any cleaning agent in the area. It is a common mistake people make. They use some form of mold cleaning agent, but unfortunately, it affects the lab results.
Sprays are never a solution to any mold breakout. SO avoid using them anyway.
Don’t Touch the Area.
It is common for people to believe that if they tear out the affected area quickly, it will be fine. However, you will likely cause a bigger problem than what you began with as you will be disturbing the mold and causing millions of mold spores to become airborne and spread throughout your home.
In such a case, the whole structure will be host to mold problems. This will increase your chances of health problems and will also lead to a bigger repair bill.