If you have discovered mold in your home your first inclination is to probably call a mold remediation expert to arrange an inspection and assess the damage. That’s a perfectly sensible option and in most cases I would recommend this is what you should do. But in almost all cases (with the exception of a major flood event for instance) there is a much bigger problem that needs to be addressed, and in an ideal world will be taken care of before the mold is removed from your home.
The Source of the Problem
That problem being the source of the moisture in your home and what has caused the mold problem in the first place.
I mention above “with the exception of a major flood”, in this case the mold is a direct result of a weather event which is completely unavoidable. But if your mold problem is caused by moisture getting into your home the source of the moisture needs to be addressed otherwise you are merely fixing the symptoms and not the cause. Which results in ongoing mold issues that will not abate until the source of the moisture is taken care of.
Likely Sources of Moisture in your Home
This will depend on the room you have the mold issue. Areas of the home such as attics, bathrooms and basements are notorious for being prone to outbreaks of mold. In some cases you may not have a leak as such but the room doesn’t provide enough ventilation. In areas such as your basement it’s wise to open a window once in a while or use a fan to circulate air from time to time. If the problem area is your bathroom the mold may be a result of using the shower without allowing for the steam to dissipate. Simply opening a window when you use the shower can make a major difference in this case.
Dealing with Roof Leaks
If however the effected area is the ceiling or walls of your kitchen, dining room or bedrooms for instance you may have a leak. If the effected area is your ceiling you can almost certainly bet on the problem being cause by a leaking roof. If you have a tile roof you will be able to locate the source of the problem and in some cases repairing the leak may not be expensive or difficult but it’s essential you locate the source of moisture before tackling the mold problem.