It may be hard to believe, but yes, there is mold in Colorado. Our famously dry weather isn’t enough to overcome roof leaks, pipe breaks, and busted sump pumps.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “There is always some mold everywhere – in the air and on many surfaces. Molds have been on the Earth for millions of years. Mold grows where there is moisture.”
It’s important to know that not all mold is dangerous. If your immune system is strong and if you aren’t allergic, it’s unlikely you’ll experience any symptoms. People with compromised immune systems or allergies will likely experience problems when exposed to mold. Problems can range from simple stuffiness to serious lung infections.
A Surprising Source of Mold in Colorado
Mold can develop in any area inside your house where water sits for an extended period of time. And strangely enough, Colorado’s legalization of marijuana may make it more likely that you’ll encounter mold when buying a home. According to a news story on Denver’s Channel 4, indoor grow houses are the perfect incubator for dangerous mold. And according to a news story on Denver’s Channel 9, Denver Police have seen a rise in residential grow houses since the city restricted the number of plants allowed in commercial properties. (Commercial properties get inspected twice a year by the fire department. But that never happens when you rent or own a home.) And the Colorado Association of REALTORS says, “Indoor grow systems are traditionally water-based and often require standing water. In addition, more sophisticated grow facilities will increase the growing area’s overall humidity to improve growing conditions. Both of these situations increase the possibility of mold presence within the home.”
How Can I Tell if I Have Mold in My Home?
In its Mold Information Sheet, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment states, “You may suspect that you have mold if you see discolored patches, cottony or speckled growth on walls or furniture or if you smell an earthy or musty odor. Evidence of past or ongoing water damage should also trigger more thorough inspection. You may find mold growth underneath water-damaged surfaces or behind walls, floors or ceilings.” They add, “If you can see or smell mold, you likely have a problem… Mold growth is likely to recur unless the source of moisture that is allowing mold to grow is removed and the contaminated area is cleaned.”
My Preferred Vendor for Mold Testing and Mold Removal
Regardless of the source of any suspected mold, I am happy to recommend Tim Jordan and the folks at Mold Removal Express. The Fort Collins-based company enjoys an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau as an Accredited Business. Rated 5 stars on Yelp and Facebook, Mold Removal Express services Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins. Their website is chock-full of information and education about mold and their processes for testing and removal. They offer a free consultation, easy pricing, done in 24 hours, and a 100% money-back guarantee. When you call, please let them know that I sent you.