When you’re getting your house ready to sell or looking at other houses to buy, one of the things you really don’t want to see are mold problems. With the cold Maine winters you might think mold can’t survive, but that’s not entirely true. There’s still plenty of moisture in the air throughout most of the year, and the interior of a house can stay warm and damp, even if it’s cold and dry outdoors. Mold cleanup can also be expensive, so it’s something most people want to avoid. If you find mold and you’re not sure how serious the problem is, consider these mold and health myths facts.
First, black mold isn’t the only kind of mold you want to avoid. Many people look at other types and colors, and shrug off the severity of it because it’s not black. Mold cleanup is important no matter what color the mold is, because any type of mold can make you sick or bother pre-existing health conditions like asthma and allergies. It’s best to find any mold that’s in the house, and have it removed. Whether you can do that yourself or will need to call in a company to handle it for you will depend on the severity of the mold problems you have.
Second, mildew is not mold. You can expect some occasional mildew in and around damp places like bathrooms. If you find a little mildew around the shower or bathroom sink, that’s an easy thing to clean up. Just make sure you find what’s causing it, because it will just keep coming back if you don’t treat the source. Many times, mildew comes from areas that remain damp for too long at a time. This is common in kitchens and bathrooms. Installing a vent fan that can be used when showering, for example, is one good way to reduce mildew.
Third, the smell of mold can really turn off home buyers. If you’re looking to sell your Maine home or buy one, you should pay close attention to the way it smells. While mold and health myths facts don’t support the idea that a moldy smell will necessarily make you sick – or even that it’s always dangerous – it can certainly keep you from purchasing or selling a house. You want a place that smells clean and safe, and so do potential buyers for the home you may be trying to sell. Keep that in mind when you’re considering what to do about mold.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to get a professional opinion. Call a remediation company and have them come give you a mold cleanup estimate if you think you may have mold problems in your home. That’s important whether you’re trying to sell, or you’ve found a place you really want to buy. Until you’re sure what kind of mold is in the home and how much of it might be present, you really don’t have all the information you need to make an informed real estate decision.
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