What You Need to Know to Prevent and Remove Mold Growth for Good
Learning that your home has a mold problem can be downright frightening. But with the right information in hand, dealing with mold is a manageable problem. At Burgess Inspections, Inc., we will find the source of the problem and, if necessary, recommend steps for remediation.
Often, mold is a visible problem that is easily detected and removed. But mold can also grow in hidden places, including underneath carpets, behind wallpaper, inside drywall and ceiling tiles, and in HVAC vents. To determine the extent of your home’s mold problem, our licensed and insured home inspectors will take tape lifts and air sample throughout your home. We will then provide a detailed report of our findings, informing you of the strains, quantity, and location of the mold growth in your home.
Where to Find Mold
Mold can grow anywhere that moisture is left unchecked. We most commonly detect mold problems in:
- Bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms
- Basements and crawl spaces
- HVAC systems
- Pipes and ductwork
- Around windows
- In attics, due to leaking roofs
Cleaning Up Mold
If mold is limited to an area of ten square feet or less, you may be able to clean it up on your own. If you decide to remove mold yourself, be sure to wear rubber gloves, a respirator, and eye protection. For mild cases, warm soapy water and a little elbow grease should do the trick. For more severe problems, we recommend cleaning with a solution of one cup bleach to one gallon of water. When the mold is completely removed, thoroughly dry the area before painting or caulking.
Preventing Mold Growth
To prevent mold growth in your home, you need to deal with all leaks and moisture issues. Potential problem areas that may need addressed include:
- Roof leaks
- Wall leaks
- Window condensation
- Blocked cutters
- Foundation leaks
- Basement leaks
- Water under the house
- Ductwork condensation
It is also important to regularly change air filters, run bath vent fans during and after showers, control indoor humidity with dehumidifiers, and properly vent gas appliances.
Request Mold Inspection Services
If you believe your home is harboring mold, don’t hesitate: contact Burgess Inspections today. In addition to mold inspections, we also provide a full host of home inspection services and speciality inspections for Virginia homeowners in Chesterfield and Henrico Counties. For more information about our home inspection services, call (844) 804-9219 or schedule an appointment online today.