Unknown Factors Related to Mold Problems That Could Affect Your Marriage and Personal Relationships
Because residential mold problems cause so much anxiety, they sometimes cause interpersonal conflict.
Not necessarily with a contractor. And not with the insurance company.
With your spouse.
One common issue we encounter is when one spouse is adamant about having a mold professional perform a remediation.
The other spouse? He or she insists that:
- Mold isn’t really a problem.
- If it is a problem, it’s one that you can solve with a few household tools.
On more than one occasion we’ve witnessed arguments over this very subject. Sometimes there are even tears. And yelling.
That’s when we slip outside to make a few phone calls.
At A1 Mold Testing & Remediation, we’ve seen mold cause major relationship stress and even divorce. What these people may not realize is that mold toxicity doesn’t just cause physical problems, it can wreck your emotional well-being, too.
“Mold is emotional,” says Dave Bayne, general manager of A1 Mold Testing & Remediation. “In very general terms, men tend to skew mechanical, and women are more biological. Many disputes that I see are that the man thinks that he can take care of the problem on his own, with the woman knowing this is not so. Best thing is to have a professional do an assessment and make recommendations on what should be done.”
Is Mold Really Hazardous to Family Physical and Emotional Health?
Mold is a jerk. It doesn’t care if you’re a burly man, an iron-willed woman, or a spunky child.
Mold also has very real health impacts.
A little patch of mold in your kitchen probably isn’t going to hurt you.
However, a full-fledged colony spanning feet in your basement, your bathroom, or the attic?
That’s a health problem waiting to happen.
Mold often affects people who are susceptible to other problems. For instance, the very young or very old, or people who suffer from respiratory problems or allergies.
It can even affect your pets.
There are a few symptoms that may indicate your mold problem is already out of hand:
- Immune system problems
- Respiratory issues
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing or sore throat
- Even mood swings and memory loss
One common complaint we see is that mold causes generally flu-like symptoms. Only it’s not flu – it’s mold exposure.
There are a couple of bright spots amid these scary symptoms.
- Not everyone has serious reactions to short-term mold exposure
- People who do suffer from mold exposure tend to feel much better once the mold is gone
But what if your significant other scoffs at the idea of paying professionals to remediate the mold? What if he or she wants to swing a hammer at the wall and “fix it themselves”?
Is Professional Mold Remediation Really Necessary?
When it comes to these kinds of decisions, well, we certainly can’t recommend marriage counseling. However, we absolutely can give you a few insights to help you and your spouse prioritize your course of action.
Let’s back up and start with the basics.
For example, does every household mold problem require professional remediation?
Answer: Absolutely not.
The gross black stuff growing on the tile of your shower? We can give you tips for getting rid of it yourself.
Does a basement full of moldy drywall require professional expertise?
Answer: You better believe it.
In our real world experience, most mold problems fall somewhere in between.
The only way to know whether you really need a professional is to call for an inspection.
What Happens During an Inspection
Calling for an inspection is your first step. Dave Bayne, general manager and owner of A1 Mold Testing & Remediation, will stop by to say hello and do a thorough walk-through of your situation.
He carries specialized gear and tools meant to analyze environmental conditions that cause mold growth.
But his primary tools are his experienced eyes.
After two decades of mold-related work, Dave understands where and why mold tends to grow.
In most cases, Dave can complete an inspection within an hour and then offer you some possible recommendations:
- Simple, do-it-yourself cleanup
- Basic prevention techniques
- A remediation plan
Setting Your Spouse’s Mind at Ease
If Dave does recommend a remediation, at request, he’ll put together an inspection report. The report details his findings, including pictures and other vital points.
Have questions? Need more details?
You can call Dave and he’ll be happy to explain his scientific findings and any confusing construction terminology in the report.
But that’s not all.
Dave can also break down the remediation plan for your home, step-by-step, so that you know exactly what to expect when the A1 crew arrives.
Sometimes, this kind of detailed information is enough to put your spouse’s mind at ease.
Ultimately, your peace of mind is A1 Mold Testing & Remediation’s number one priority. It’s your home. It’s your family. And it’s your health that’s on the line.
We know that you worry about mold and its affects on your children, your spouse, and yourself.
Call or email today and let us put our A1 Mold Remediation, ask for Dave Bayne, and put your anxieties about mold rest. Trust your family’s health to A1 Mold Testing and Remediation.