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September is Mold Awareness Month

There really is a month dedicated to almost every cause, and now you can add mold to that ever growing list.

What may seem like just a small annoyance is in reality a big nightmare for many homeowners, going far beyond being an eyesore or an unpleasant odor. Mold inspections are an important element of home maintenance that are commonly overlooked until the problem is out of hand. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) declared September to be National Mold Awareness Month in order to properly educate property owners of the costly damages and serious health risks mold creates in homes. Half the battle of beating mold is knowing how to prevent and detect it.

So what is mold? Mold is found both indoors and outdoors and thrives in damp conditions. Outdoor mold is an important part of the ecosystem, as it decomposes organic material. Mold inside your home, however, poses a huge threat to the safety of your home’s structure and to the quality of your air.

All types of mold should be avoided, while some can even be hazardous to your health. Here is a list of some of the places in your home you can find mold, all of which are ideal places for moisture to collect:

  • sheetrock
  • ceiling tiles
  • wallpaper
  • carpeting
  • wood
  • adhesives
  • paint
  • upholstery
  • fabric

The most common areas mold develops in a home are in the basement, in the bathroom, and in the kitchen, but mold can and will grow anywhere the conditions are right. The number one causes of mold are an untreated leaky pipe or a HVAC (air heating and ventilation system) that isn’t functioning properly.

Remember these tips for your home this month and every month. Mold can develop at any time and knowing the signs, how to prevent residential mold, and acting fast will save you money and hassle in the future. It’s wise to find a home inspector and mold mitigator you can call the moment you spot a potential mold problem.

RAI home inspections is offering free quotes for mold and air quality inspections for the month of September.

To get started request a free quote on your home inspection or residential mold inspection and contact us if you have questions about whether or not your home is at risk for mold growth.

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