Absolutely! Eventually, indoor mold destroys whatever it grows on. It can ruin furnishings, destroy cabinets and cause serious damage to the structural integrity of your building. It can trigger asthma attacks in people with asthma and give asthma to people who don’t have it. Asthma kills over 5,000 people every year in the U.S. alone and most of them are children. Considering all this, you should be concerned about indoor mold.
The best time to respond to mold is before it gets to doing damage. Eliminating leaks and moisture issues can stop the spread of mold, but a professional Mold & Moisture Management inspection by an Indoor Environmental Professional combined with Air Quality Testing in accordance with industry standards is the only way to properly identify the problem and create an appropriate action plan.
Regardless if you have had your property inspected for mold in the past or if you recently moved in, you should be aware that mold can find moisture within a building and begin growing anytime, anywhere, no matter how clean you keep your casa.
If you have had any health concerns, a new baby added to the family, or visible growth you think is mold, now might be the perfect time have a professional mold inspection. Even if there are no visible signs of mold infestations, the growths within walls, attics & crawl spaces can create poor indoor air quality. A professional certified mold inspector can help you identify potential mold problems and save thousands of dollars in medical expenses and/or repair costs that occur when indoor mold is ignored or goes undetected.
Some people think mold only grows in dirty, unkempt buildings. Not so. Though poor residential hygiene certainly contributes to mold problems, mold can flourish in sparkling clean environments as well.
Even though nation wide the vast majority of indoor mold problems have little to do with climate conditions, Alaska is definitely special in this area. Our cold outdoor temperatures and warm interiors combined with poor building science practices have created some of the worst indoor environments seen throughout the nation. The Cold Weather Climate Center has shown over and over again, once moisture gets within our building envelope, our climate just keeps compounding the problems associated with it.