Get Rid Smelly Mold Before You Sell Your Home. The Nose Knows!

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When searching for a home, nothing will turn potential buyers away quicker than potential mold. A sure sign of mold, besides the smell and sight of it, are the body’s reactions to its presence sneezing, wheezing, eye irritation, sore throat or skin rashes according to the EPA. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms in the house you are trying to sell, it could be more than just your allergies that are causing you so much trouble.

Mold can lurk under carpets, behind walls and in corners around your home. It could be the reason behind poor health and odd smells. Mold is evasive and repairing the damage it causes can take a toll financially if not caught early on.

Before you sell your home, check for the presence of mold.

Do You Have a Mold Problem?

The earliest sign of mold can be detected by your nose. If you can smell mold in your home, you probably have a problem. If you can see mold on walls, furniture, carpet or on objects, you definitely have a problem. Mold can sometimes lead to sickness, especially for sensitive individuals. Developing respiratory health problems can sometimes be an indicator that mold is present. In more extreme cases, those exposed to mold can experience a fever, shortness of breath and lung infections.

Get Rid of Mold

Immediately testing the mold to determine what kind it is shouldn’t be your first concern, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Upon finding mold, you need to first remove it. Tear up old carpet, replace infected blinds with new window shades and bleach and repaint walls. All mold should be treated the same when considering the potential risks it could pose on your family’s and the future home owners’ health.

The safest way to keep mold out of your home is to regularly check for it. Hire a mold remediation professional to teach you how to look for and help you manage mold with a biocide, which controls the growth of problem microorganisms. Potential home buyers will be impressed and feel reassured when shown evidence of regular mold maintenance.

The CDC suggests, because of the varieties of mold and each individuals’ susceptibility, that regular sampling isn’t necessary. Instead, be aware of how people are reacting smell and health wise to determine if there is a problem.

Where is It Hiding?

Mold can grow on any surface and in almost any condition. Areas that are at high risk for mold exposure range from under carpets and rugs to behind wallpaper or draperies. Check behind drywall, on pipes, inside ductwork and above ceiling tiles to determine if you have mold. Trust your sense of smell. If the nose knows but you can’t find any mold, keep searching. Mold generally grows in moist areas so ceilings, bathrooms, basements and kitchens are at risk. Take precautions to prevent its growth by airing out the room and handling the problem immediately, especially if there has been a moisture problem in the past, like flooding or a roof leak.

Prevent Mold Exposure

Almost every home hosts mold. It is a fungus that reproduces by creating small spores that work like seeds. Mold spores drift in with the breeze through an open window or ride in on clothing, packaging materials and more. While preventing the nearly 1,000 types of household mold from entering your home is impossible, you can make mold less welcome. Establish a dry atmosphere and keep it that way. Especially if you aren’t living in the home you are trying to sell, watch out for leaks in the plumbing. If you are living there, regulate steam from cooking and bathing by using venting fans. Regularly air out rooms by opening a window or door and use a dehumidifier if necessary to prevent creating moisture-ridden mold atmospheres.

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