Molds inhabit almost every terrestrial environment on Earth. That is a very good thing, as these microscopic fungi play a key role in the decomposition of organic matter. However, even though they are a key component of every natural environment, it is not so favourable when you find them in your home. Aside from plaguing the home with musty smells and ugly stains, molds also have negative effects on human health. Long-term exposure to molds can result in chronic sinusitis, skin rash, eye irritation, sleep disturbances, and other health issues. Molds are very difficult to detect early and often become visible when the damage is already done. Air quality testing can get you a few steps ahead by revealing precisely how many pollutants are present in your home, as well as their concentration in the indoor air.
Why Should I Get an Air Quality Inspection?
Molds can be very harmful to human health, especially when children and the elderly are exposed to them. Although they rarely cause serious issues acutely, long-term mold exposure can have highly detrimental effects on one’s respiratory system. One of the more subtle, and often overlooked signs of mold presence are symptoms of allergies like runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing and skin rashes.
Of course, there are more noticeable signs of mold presence. The most obvious one is visible colonies. They can appear on any surface if there are enough water and organic matter - on walls, stored items, in ventilation ducts, around windows, pipes and faucets. Considering molds need moisture to thrive, their colonies are most commonly found on water-damaged materials and in areas prone to high air humidity. If you had problems with flooding, leaky pipes and other water installations, it is highly likely that molds are deeply established in the damaged building material. This usually leads to recurring infestations, especially during summer and winter when the air humidity in Toronto is high. For this reason, it is highly advised to get a mold remediation if your home has experienced such problems.
Condensation around windows is a common occurrence during winter, and all this water invites molds to grab a piece of the real estate. Their presence during the cold months can get almost unavoidable without regular preventive efforts. A smart thing to do is to have an air quality test during this time, as it will significantly help you notice mold and other air quality issues early, so they can be nipped in the bud.
Contact Inch by Inch for Air Quality Testing and Mold Remediation
Mold problems can quickly escalate or become a recurring thing if their presence is left unchecked. Prevention is by far the best way to deal with molds, but it doesn’t always work due to their adaptability and persistency. If you found signs of their presence in your home, you might want to seek help from a professional. Inch by Inch Inspections is a certified mold remediation company in Toronto with experienced, friendly staff, ready to turn your home back into a healthy, safe environment. Reach out to Inch by Inch today and schedule your inspection.