ANN ARBOR, MI — Lurking inside walls and hidden in ductwork, mold can turn a dream house into a nightmare, according to Ann Arbor.com.
Mark Wilson, owner of the AdvantaClean
franchise that serves Washtenaw County, wants homeowners to take a deep breath: While mold can cause problems, it can also be cleaned up, even black mold, the article noted.
Homeowners should keep an eye out for telltale signs such as water stains, a musty smell or allergic reactions such as itching or watery eyes: Anyone who has water damage should also be vigilant, the article stated.
According to the article, while mold can be a problem in any house, it’s more common in newer construction where there is a tighter seal and less air circulation.
There are ways to keep mold from taking hold: Outside grading should be away from the house, ventilation is important, make sure downspouts are in good repair, avoid ice dams in the winter and completely dry out water damage within 72 hours, the article added.