Mold Inspection and Detection
Do you remember when you were a kid and you would dust for fingerprints using baby powder and clear tape? Well, it's time to whip out those super-sleuth skills once again and do a bit of mold inspection.
It's true: Mold is everywhere. Imagine what it would be like if things did not naturally decay! However, that doesn't mean you want it lurking in your home. The first step toward mold detection is to simply use your nose. If you smell a musty smell in your attic, basement, bathroom or other living spaces, then chances are likely you have a mold problem.
Washing Off Dirt and Debris
Some pressure washers come with an assortment of color-coded spray tips. Each one has a different spray, from the high-pressure pinpoint spray to a wider, low-pressure spray. Siding can be cleaned with a low-pressure spray tip. Pressure-washing is also useful for removing algae stains from fencing.
Cleaning the Deck
Pressure-wash your deck with a tip that produces a spray about the width of a two-by-four with medium pressure. The trick is to keep the spray moving. Don't rest in one spot for too long or it could permanently damage the surface. Then apply a wood preservative to help prevent water damage and discoloration.
De-Junk the Gutters
Removing debris isn't only a fall chore in some yards; many trees such as black locust, oaks and maples drop litter in spring and summer. While you're clearing the gutters, also check for cracks in the seams. Use an old chisel to scrape the old caulking out and dry the area thoroughly. Use new bead silicon sealing to keep water from getting behind the gutters and rotting the boards.
Check under and in between hidden areas, like underneath carpets, behind drywall and in between bathroom tiling. If you spot mold, then take the appropriate steps to scrub it clean and kick it to the curb.
If mold is undetectable, but you are confident it is present somewhere in your home, then you may want to consider a home testing kit. Calling on the help of a mold inspector is another option that will help to identify where mold may be hiding in your home.
See also: How to Keep Your Home Healthy
- Control Mold Through Water Management
- Testing for Black Mold
- Common Types of Mold in Homes
- Mold Control and Prevention Products
- Black Mold: What You Should Know
- Mold-Resistant Drywall