How to Know if I Have Mold in My Home
Mold in the home is a serious problem. It can aggravate existing health problems or create new ones. It can degrade the quality of building materials that need costly repairs. And it can make your home a less pleasant and comfortable place to live.
Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to spot mold. It could be a major problem you’re totally unaware of. Protect yourself and everyone you live with by looking out for these common indicators that you have mold in the home.
An Unusual Smell
Mold is not always visible to the naked eye, forcing you to rely on other senses. If you suddenly notice a damp, earthy, musty odor in a room that smelled fine before, it could indicate that there is mold growing behind walls, floors, or ceilings.
Visible Signs of Growth
Once you actually see evidence of mold growth it means the problem has gotten especially bad. Mold growth can appear cotton, leather, granular, or velvety and can come in multiple colors including brown, gray, white, black, green, and yellow. You will notice the growth on building materials and possibly even furnishings.
Mold grows as a result of excess moisture. If you notice an area of your home where water is pooling, leaking, or condensing, it is prudent to check for signs of mold as well. Eliminating the source of the moisture early enough can help limit the spread of the mold problem.
Reactions to mold will often manifest themselves as allergy-like symptoms. They can include a persistent cough, nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, a sore throat, eye irritation, and sinus infections. The young and the elderly will be particularly vulnerable, but anyone can develop symptoms.
Even if you experience none of the indicators listed above, spend some time considering the history of the home. If the basement ever flooded, a water pipe ever burst, or a sink ever leaked persistently, it could easily have created the conditions for mold to grow.
If you suspect that there is mold in your home, there are effective ways to eradicate the mold and keep it from coming back. The team at Suncoast Contractors Emergency Service Inc is here to provide you with all the expert help you need, anytime you need it. Contact us at 561-203-4911.