Mold and Your Home

In a recent article in the Home section of the Washington Post, columnist Sandy Gadow highlighted mold in your home and the dangers it can pose to the health of your entire family, And, left unattended, fast growing mold can cause damage to your home that will cost in the thousands of dollars to eradicate. It’s been estimated that up to 70% of homes have mold behind their walls. While the EPA sets levels for acceptable radon levels and states regulate termite inspections, there are no state or federal regulations that dictate a safe level of mold for a residential property.

Mold in a house can lie dormant until it gets the needed heat and humidity to grow and multiply. Additionally, it needs a food source, such as dust, dirt or some other organic debris. While not everyone will react to this growth in the same way, those sensitive to allergic or toxic mold can develop alarming symptoms upon merely entering a contaminated room. The result can be a serious – even life threatening – illness if not treated in time.

If you suspect that you’ve been exposed to mold – or begin to experience dizziness, fatigue, nausea, shortness of breath or other symptoms of illness, contact a mold specialist and have your property inspected as soon as possible. The EPA provides helpful information in its publication “A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home” at The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focuses on the health hazards of mold exposure and provides recommendations for removing mold exposure at

So how do you get rid of mold that might be lurking in your home and behind your drywall? The article mentions that there is a new product on the market, a “fogger” that emits a fine spray, that is non-toxic to humans and animals, and is able to kill mold even behind drywall. It sounded too good to be true to us, so we questioned our own local expert sources and discovered that one of the experts quoted in the article is also the manufacturer of this product. While we’re not claiming that this new product doesn’t work in some instances, we suggest caution before thinking this product is a one-stop miracle cure to mold. Our own mold remediation expert sources say that homeowners should do their homework before making a hiring decision and to seek at least two expert opinions. Our experts also say to keep in mind that the main cause of mold begins with moisture. Before you start thinking about killing the mold, homeowners need to hire a mold remediation specialist who can first do the detective work to locate and stop the source of water that is allowing the mold to grow in the first place. If you suspect mold in your home, please feel free to call us if you need the names of reputable mold remediation specialists in our area.

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