You’re all ready to sell your home that’s in a safe neighborhood with a great school zone. What could be easier? Well, what if I told you there could be a thief hiding behind the walls of your house. This thief can come out of hiding at any time and scare away potential buyers. For example, imagine a potential buyer is having your home inspected and suddenly, the inspector directs his flashlight to the corner of your master bedroom. The inspector sees the thief; a thief that’s famous for stealing money and more importantly harming families. Do you think the buyer will still consider your house safe for their family?It’s safe to say that your house would be a little more difficult to sell with this thief inside it. The name of this thief is mold.
If you’re thinking of staying in a house with mold, then getting rid of it is extremely important for your health. And if you can’t afford to remove the mold in your house then you should start thinking about selling your property to a home investor. Remember, selling a house on the market with mold in it is like selling a house with a thief hiding in the corner.
Where Did This Thief Come From?
Mold is a type of fungus that develops in moist areas. It must have moisture, organic food matter, and the right temperature to grow. The tricky part about these three conditions is that they are found just about anywhere. Organic food matter can be anything – from wall paint to actual food. The right temperature is pretty much any human-friendly temperature and mold can survive even in your refrigerator. And finally, moisture; mold can receive moisture from a flood, or even a small pipe leak.
The 3 Types of Thieves
If you want to understand how mold can impact your health and the quality of your life, it’s important to know the three major types of mold.
Each major type of mold will have a different effect on your health. These effects can range from, a simple rash to life-threatening issues. It is also important to remember that your previous health history can determine how you will react to the presence of mold. And not only that, but the amount of mold present is also extremely important.
To understand what health issues you may experience, let’s go through all three main types of mold.
Most molds seen in our homes (and even in the outdoors) are allergenic. We can consider allergenic molds “the best of the bunch”, as they can cause the least harm to human beings.
In most cases, people experience congestion, rashes, itchiness or watery eyes. If you otherwise have issues with allergies, you may even experience trouble breathing. Of course, even allergenic molds can have a severe impact on your health, including swelling, difficulty breathing and swallowing, abdominal pain, cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness and mental confusion.
The reactions caused by the allergenic types of mold are often mistaken for seasonal allergies since they have similar symptoms. But if you suddenly experience any of above-mentioned symptoms it may not be your seasonal allergy.
When it comes to the pathogenic molds, they are not as friendly as allergenic molds. Reactions to pathogenic molds can be divided into three groups – superficial, subcutaneous and systemic.
- Superficial mold reactions are common pathogenic reactions to mold. These reactions include skin infections, nail infections and athlete’s foot.
- Subcutaneous reactions are more serious than superficial because they develop underneath the skin.
- Systemic reactions are the most severe and they can be life threatening. The mold attacks the kidneys, lungs, liver or other organs.
Toxic molds receive their name from their daily job – toxin production. When you ingest or inhale toxins produced by this type of mold, you may experience mucous membrane irritation, skin rash, fever, nausea, fatigue, a suppressed or weakened immune system, acute/chronic liver damage, acute/chronic central nervous system disorders, hormone disorders and even cancer.
Another serious condition associated with mold exposure is hypersensitive pneumonitis. Hypersensitive pneumonitis is an acute, or chronic, lung disease brought on by inhaling fungal antigens.
Black mold, also known as Stachybotrys chartarum, is an infamous toxic mold. Although this mold itself is not toxic, it produces toxins called mycotoxins. Black mold got its name because of its color which can vary from dark green to black. With proper conditions, which we mentioned are easily m
et, it can quickly go from a simple dot to a whole wall of black mold. Since mycotoxins are highly toxic, it is very important to treat them the proper. This includes wearing proper safety uniforms, among other things.
How Do I Get Rid of This Thief?
Now that you know the dangers of having mold, it’s time to take action and get rid of this disgusting thief. This could be to protect your health, ethically sell your house, or even be able to sell your house at all. Mold is harmful, and can also ruin the chances of you selling your property. Every minute you leave the mold in your house to get worse, you can think of it as dollars off your sale price.
How to Keep the Thief Out
There are six simple rules to keep dangerous molds out of your house:
- Let fresh air in any time you can (and if you cannot, ensure your air vents are doing a great job).
- Wipe off any leaks and fix pipes as soon as you notice issues.
- Check for signs of mold each time you are cleaning your home.
- Dry your clothes (and furniture) well before you get them back inside.
- Pay close attention to basements and attics as they are often left unattended on their own.
- Pay close attention to kitchen and bathrooms as they are prime spots for mold.
For more information on mold prevention, read The Ultimate Guide to Mold prevention. It’s a guide written by true mold experts!
How to Sell Your House If It Has a Thief in It
If you live in a house with mold already in it, please take action by either getting rid of the mold or selling the house to a home investor. Express Homebuyers has an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and purchases homes in all types of conditions. It takes minutes to receive a fair cash offer. So why not take a couple of minutes to possibly add years onto your life?