I sat down last night before our show came on and decided to peruse one of the Internet forums on a ‘mold’ discussion. It’s amazing the controversy around this issue. Some claim it’s all snake oil and others insist it’s valid. OK, so the EPA says mold is a potential problem and just because they say it is doesn’t mean the Lemmings get in line and go off a cliff, http://www.epa.gov/mold/ nor does it mean that you put your head in the sand and pretend that it doesn’t affect people.
An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t.
So let’s educate ourselves! The unfortunate truth is some people really do have an issue with the presence of mold and if they do then it needs to be dealt with. The first thing that should be recommended to a client is, “Have you seen a doctor about your sensitivity to mold?”
Some of the snake charmers will take any money they can talk you out of, taking advantage of the naive or simply jumping on the hype bandwagon and scaring the client, stating the worst possible scenarios. Simply put, if you see mold then you probably have a mold issue. The most common remediation for mold is to eliminate the source of moisture. Since mold never really goes away eliminating moisture usually will stop it from growing. Once you stop it from growing then it can be cleaned up or your physical issues may improve.
If you can smell mold or musty air and can’t see anything then you should have the air tested, have a full mold inspection performed, or both. Avoid companies that test and remediate. That could be a conflict of interest. I am a Certified Mold Inspector and a Certified Remediation Contractor. I do NOT do remediation but prefer to only do the testing. As a Home Inspector I do not offer repairs even though I have been a carpenter for 33 years. I may give a client several contractors to choose from or refer them to the Chamber of Commerce.
With the rainy season coming and as things thaw, moisture will start to seep in unwanted areas of your home. Be aware of changes in your health or the health of children or seniors. If mold rears its ugly head be prepared, know what to look for and have someone to call…..me!