Over the last few days, I've been focusing on mold. But, while some of my readers act like I'm simply talking about a moot issue, mold is actually a serious threat to any homeowner. When it comes to mold and mildew, homeowners shouldn't take the problem too lightly. And now, I state my case.
In addition to the costly structural damage mold can cause (it's been known to be attracted to everything from wallpaper to the wood or stucco that sits under it), mold can lead to long-term health problems given prolonged exposure. For example, young children with allergies may experience severe headaches and symptoms that appear to be related to seasonal allergies year round.
Experts suggest that mold may be hiding in some strange places. Attics and crawlspaces are a few of the more obvious areas, however, when was the last time you inspected these places? Granted, there are a million better things to be doing on a Sunday afternoon, but none may provide the security of knowing that your health and finances are intact.
Mold can be equally problematic when dealing with insurance companies, as many homeowners insurance policies don't cover this type of damage. In fact, according to an ABC News report, in 44 states it's explicitly left uncovered. This means simply discovering the mold won't get rid of the problem.
So, does this mean homeowners should routinely check these areas? Once or twice a year should be enough. However, the fight against mold can be best fought by investing in products that are known to reduce moisture. By using dehumidifiers and humidifiers, for instance, homeowners can gain the assurance that any mold growth is likely to be mitigated.