It can be very hard to know if you have mold or asbestos in your house. The best way is to have professionals come and test for it, but it can be difficult to even know if it is worth bringing a professional in. Here are some things you need to know about mold or other problems in your home.
1. Rancid and Unfamiliar Smells
If the mold has been in your house for a long time it could become dangerous. This is why it is important to detect it early on if possible. One of the main ways to know if you have mold in the house is too test for strange smells. Many people notice initially a smell like mildew coming from the basement, around sinks, in the bathrooms and so forth. If you have a smell that you can't seem to figure out where it is, it would be worth having the house checked for mold.
It should be mentioned that asbestos is not detected by smell or sight. Instead, it is small dust particles in the air that can hurt you without ever even knowing it. So although smell does play a role in mold, the absence of a rancid smell doesn't mean that your house is safe.
2. Asthma and Breathing Problems
Another thing you should be looking for are symptoms of breathing problems and asthma-like problems. For example, someone who had never had a history of breathing issues, might all of the sudden start to show signs like they have a constant cough, feel shortness of breath and fatigue, or even have a hard time taking a deep breath. These are all serious symptoms and shouldn't be ignored.
3. The House Is Old
Lastly, the age of your home can play a role in how safe it is. The older the house the more likely it is to have problems with something like mold and asbestos. This is not only because how over time the moisture in the house could turn to mold, and the materials that were used decades ago are now better understood as causing these problems. Thus, as a caution you should consider having your house checked for mold or asbestos if it is older, and if other houses around you, built by the same builders and at a similar time, are dealing with similar problems.
By doing these things you can protect your home from mold and asbestos. Contact a removal company, like Colfax Corporation, for more help.