Do you notice a humid musty smell of moisture in certain areas of your home? This could be a more serious problem with mold that is hidden in the walls and has grown out of control. You will want to find the cause of the problem, repair damage, test and have the mold removed if needed. The following tips will help you deal with the hidden hazards of mold that may be lurking behind the finishes of walls.
1. Locating the Cause of Humid Smells of Moisture to See If There Is Mold
There are many areas of your home that can have problems with leaks and moisture that leads to mold. The most common areas are mechanical systems like plumbing that leaks or uninsulated HVAC that causes condensation. Other areas where moisture can get in include foundation damage, roof leaks or problems with water getting in through exterior finishes. Locate the area of the problem to assess the severity of damage to begin repairs.
2. Testing Mold to Determine If It Is Hazard and Requires Professional Removal
Once you have located the problems with leaks or moisture getting in, you will need to see if there are any signs of mold spreading away from the source of moisture. If you see mold spores that look like they go beyond the source of the problem, then you will need to test the area to see if the mold is hazardous.
3. Removing Hidden Mold That Causes Damage to Get Ready for Repairs
There are a lot of problems with mold that can cause damage to your home. When mold growth starts damaging building materials, much of them will have to be removed. You will need professional help removing the damaged materials and the mold, to begin with the repairs.
4. Repairing the Damaged Area and Improvements to Prevent Future Mold Problems
Once you have had the mold growth removed from your home, you will be ready to repair the damage. The damaged area will need to have the materials that were removed replaced, and you may want to consider improvements like water-resistant finishes and improvements to mechanical systems to prevent damage to your home.
These are some tips to help you deal with the hidden hazards of mold that may be lurking behind the finishes of the walls. If you think there may be mold hidden in the walls of your home, contact a mold testing service to find out what needs to be done when you repair the damage.