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When do you need to fix your home's mold problem?

Ginger Dean

July 7, 2014

By: Ginger Dean, Home Finance Specialist

In: Finance and Legal

Having mold in your home can be a pesky problem. Mold, especially black mold, can be hazardous to your heath and spreads quickly. It can also cause a variety of respiratory and sinus problems. I think it's safe to say no one wants to live in a home with air they can't breathe, right? So what do you do if you find it?

Where and how does mold grow?

Mold is everywhere. Inside, outside - anywhere it can find dark, damp places with still air and warm temperatures.

Trust me when I say you don't want to live in a house full of mold. Even if it's not damaging to your health (because not all mold is hazardous) it's ugly and it gives your home a damp, dingy smell. If you see mold in a part of your home or in a home you are thinking about buying, don't take it lightly. If it's not taken care of promptly, you may wind up with it growing throughout the whole home.

No all mold is bad

There are over 1,000 types of mold living and growing here in the United States. Thankfully not all types of mold are as toxic as their bad reputation leads us to believe. Mold ranges in a variety of colors from white and black to yellow and green. However it's best not to take a chance when it comes to mold. If you see mold starting to grow in your home or if you find mold during a home inspection, get rid of it as soon as possible before it can cause long term damage.

If you don't know where to check for mold, look in the corners of your basement and anywhere in the home where there has been water damage - remember, mold likes damp surfaces.

How to get rid of mold

If you spot or smell mold in your home it's best to hire a professional to take steps to remove it and make sure it stays away. This can be costly, and many people can't afford it according to MSN. However if your mold is toxic the health consequences could be more damaging than the cost to remove the mold.

It can be a pricey problem to solve, but once your home is mold-free, you can get back to living comfortably or even put your home up for sale, confident that potential buyers will find a clean space to call their own.

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