Congrats! You're on your way to home ownership, and now you are shopping around for a home. You may have even already found the exact home you want, and are thinking about putting in an offer. However, it is important to know whether that home is healthy enough to secure your investment in it. A big factor in this is knowing whether or not the home has mold growth.
Mold and mildew can be a serious problem in any home, and it is not to be taken lightly. If left on its own for an extended period of time, it can cause irreparable damage to a home and its foundation, which can cost thousands of dollars to repair or replace. In our last blog we talked about how a good way to identify any potential mold in your home is to use a home test kit that you can buy from a store or online. These tests aren't always 100%, so it important to take the results with a grain of salt. But if you are on the fence about any mold within your home, it can help you be more sure about bringing in the pros to mediate the problem.
Most of us know about mold. A lot of us know that mold is not good. But what many people might not know is that mold can be growing in your own home without you even knowing. Recently my father was renovating a bathroom in his home and was replacing some plumbing, when he discovered there was a large amount of mold growing under the floorboards, due to a leak in the o-ring on the toilet. The problem will require replacement of the floor boards in the bathroom, but if it had been left alone it could have caused more extensive damage.
Mold can grow almost anywhere, and is commonly found in areas with high amounts of moisture. On the most common areas of the home to be affected by mold is typically your shower. Here at Clean Earth Restorations, we get all kinds of questions on how to deal with mold and best clean up practices.
Mold is a concern for most homeowners, and even renters. It is especially prevalent in hot, humid areas (like San Diego in the summer time). Most of the mold you deal will is easily visible, but some mold keeps away from your sights. Sometimes your house/building can develop a musty and stale odor that you cannot find the source of. There's a good chance that this odor is from mold that is hiding from you.
San Diego has a big problem in that later half of spring and in the summer...mold. Especially mold in bathrooms. You might notice mold and mildew growing in your bathroom, particularly on the caulk used on your bathtub or shower. This is an even bigger problem for poorly ventilated areas, like in small apartments.
Why Does Mold and Mildew Grow on the Caulk?
Mold grows in humid areas where the spores can find sufficient moisture. The spores that reside in homes find themselves in the caulking of showers and bathtubs. They doe this because caulk is porous and can retain moisture. Poor ventilated bathrooms allow them to multiply freely in the dark and humid atmosphere.
Mold has always been a common complaint among San Diego renters, but until recently there was little they could do about potentially hazardous mold in their units. Now, California state law officially considers mold a condition of substandard housing. What this means is that renters can now report the mold problems of the property to the San Diego city and county governments, which can then demand the landlord remedy the situation and fine landlords who do not comply. If you are a Southern California landlord who’s tenants may be dealing with mold we recommend you act to fix the problem as soon as possible.
So you found mold on your property. Should you try to remove the mold yourself? Should you call in a professional for mold removal? Where is the line? We here at Clean Earth Restorations want to take a moment to talk about what steps you should take after finding mold.
Despite San Diego’s dry desert climate, mold should still be a major concern for all San Diego property owners. Here are 8 tips from us here at Clean Earth Restorations to help residents of San Diego County identify mold before it becomes problematic:
San Diego isn't known for excessive rainfall, but this year we have had more rain and moisture then usual, and the risk of mold is a reality for many homeowners. Nobody wants mold in their home, but understanding the risks, both for your health and your pocketbook, is important. Clean Earth Restorations is certified to deal with mold removal and clean up. We know how to identify dangerous mold and how to safely remove it.