Mold Inspection and Detection

Mold detection can be a fairly simple process with the right investigative work. Here's how to locate it in your home and eliminate it for good.
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By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

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.

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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.

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