Annual Mold Inspections Might Be Smart

Mold can cause big problems for your home or business. And with the unusually wet year we’ve had, mold has been given ample opportunities to grow. It’s not always easy to spot, though. That’s because mold not only grows in obvious places—like on your shower curtain—but it can also appear behind walls, under carpet, or hidden behind kitchen cabinets. That’s why Paul Davis recommends that you call a professional in for an annual mold inspection. Because when it comes to mold, This is no time for second best™.

Annual mold inspections are not only good for your property, they can also be good for your health. The longer that mold has an opportunity to grow, the greater your health risks. Mold spores can cause allergic reaction, asthma attacks, chronic sinus problems, poisoning by mycotoxins and even fungal infections. But the problems don’t stop there. Mold spores can also lead to mental conditions including depression.

It’s important to note that mold and mildew do build up over time in damp areas, and this is perfectly normal. After all, mold and mildew are natural organisms and they do grow given the right environment. So small amounts of mold and mildew are nothing to be alarmed about. But mold becomes a problem when it exceeds normal levels—because that’s when it can become dangerous to you, your business, or your family. Here are a few of the more common places we find mold:

  • Bathrooms
  • Basements
  • Window frames
  • Caulking
  • Ventilation systems
  • Plumbing
  • Cabinets and furniture
  • Drywall and subflooring
  • Fabrics
  • Wallpaper or painted walls
  • Wet walls
  • Carpeting
  • Water-damaged mattresses

Most people are not mold experts. That’s why we recommend having a professional do an annual mold inspection. An expert has the ability to determine safe levels of mold versus unsafe levels, and can also tell you what steps—if any—you should take to remediate the problem. Paul Davis franchise professionals are trained and certified in mold remediation to ensure that problematic spores are removed quickly, safely and completely.