In past posts we touched on some areas of interest in Whatcom County and some fun, outdoor activities to engage in. Now lets talk a little about things to be aware of when purchasing in Whatcom, or really anywhere for that matter. And today’s topic is Mold, “fungus among us”. Mold has been around for centuries. We are recently beginning to realize more about mold and become more educated on it and the health hazards of exposure.
Drew, a recent Bellingham homeowner and soon to be mold inspector in Whatcom, gave is the scoop on the fungus. He was a past owner of Phoenix Water Damage in Phoenix, Arizona. He says Phoenix was dry, but homes were very prevalent to developing mold. His concern with now being a homeowner in Washington is the rain and constant moisture.
There are many types of mold, over 100,000 of species of fungus. They need oxygen and organic materials to feed on and moisture to grow. Your home offers many types of organic materials for mold to feed on (drywall, wood, cement and more) If you have a water leak from somewhere in your home, or water/moisture from outside leaking in, creating moisture, you have the perfect breeding place for mold. Not all mold is toxic. The toxic strains are what create health problems, ventilation problems, and allergies.
Not always do you visually see the mold. Toxin mold produces mycotoxins, which pollute the air. They can travel through your cooling system and rapidly spread throughout the house.
Make sure your home does not have any leaks. Repair any leaks there are.
- Use exhaust fans in areas that may create moisture (kitchen, bathrooms, laundry rooms)
- Keep carpet, clothing, bedding, towels, etc. clean and dried. Make sure laundry is thoroughly dried and damp towel are dried properly.
- Check areas of your home for condensation.
- Ensure proper air flow.
- Be aware of humidity levels
If you think you may have mold from either visual inspection, a musty smell, health conditions, or some other indicator, reach out to a professional and have your home inspected for mold. If you had a major leak in your home that has since been cleaned up, be aware of any growth, or to be sure, obtain a mold inspection.
Prior to purchasing a home, ask for any past history of mold and seek am inspection by your own chosen inspector.
Although many strains on mold are not harmful to your health, a few are. This post is to create awareness and spawn you to ask the right questions when purchasing a home.