Mold is one of the biggest problems that people have in their home after a disaster. Not only can it affect the health of your home, but it can also affect the health of you and your family. But how do you take care of it? How do you know if you have it in your home?
Mold isn’t always visually seen or easy to find. Here are some of the most common warning signs that may indicate there’s toxic mold growing inside your home.
Moldy, Musty Odor
A lot of times, always smelling some type of musty odor might be the sole indicator that there’s mold in your home. If you don’t see the mold it doesn’t mean it isn’t in your home. Inspect your whole home thoroughly if you think you have problem a mold problem before it becomes a really big problem that might potentially be very expensive and hurt your health greatly.
Are you feeling better anytime you aren’t home but you notice that your allergies are flaring up anytime you are in your home? If you’re suffering from the allergies when you’re in your home, you might have mold in your house. If you have mold, you and the people in your house could have inflamed eyes, sneezing, and nasal congestion.
Visual Indications That You Have Mold
When you see mold, you obviously have it. But what a lot of people don’t know that is that there are small mold particles that can look like soot or dirt, but it actually could be mold. But since people think that it’s just dirt, they let it go.
If you are seeing mold growing, even if it’s really small, take immediate action. Even when the mold patch seems insignificant, it can spread quickly. If you have mold it means that you have the perfect conditions for the mold to grow as well as spread to other parts of your house. Sometimes mold looks unusual and it doesn’t look like you think mold should look. The truth is that sometimes mold looks like threads and it’s white, and some mold looks like little black spot clusters. Mold comes in different colors including greyish-brown, grey-green, white, and black.
Water Issue Indications
If your house ever had problems with moisture, it’s almost guaranteed that you’re going to have mold growing in your home. because of this, if you’re aware that you have had problems with water now or before, chances are that you have mold. Indications that you might see that you have mold because of water problems include discoloration on floors, ceilings, or walls, and water stains. When you see these kinds of signs, chances are that you have mold colonies in your home. Other indications that you have problems with water are cracking, peeling, or bubbling paint or wall paper. If you’re noticing that your home’s walls are bowed, bulging, or warped, chances are that there’s moisture behind the surface.
Floods in the Past
If you have ever had a flood in your home, it’s a good chance that you have had mold starting to grow. Chances are that where the water was the longest, like in the basement, is where you will have mold. Floods will frequently cause mold growth in unexpected and unforeseen places where it can’t be seen, like behind walls and under floors. Anyone who has had a flood in the past should look at their home’s warranty for information about damage coverage.
If you see any condensation in your home, it will mean that you have a lot of moisture and you might have a problem with mold growth. Condensation usually will happen on the surface of glass windows and metal pipes.
A home’s water issues usually will happen because you have a water leak in your home. If you know that you’ve had a leak or that you have one now, there may be a problem with mold growth. This is true even if you don’t see any water damage signs. The mold growth will most likely be where your leak started.
Physical Health Signs of Mold
If you’re suffering from neurological signs like a reduced attention span, headaches, memory loss, dizziness, or trouble with concentration, this could mean that you have toxic mold in your home. just like it is with allergies, if your toxic symptoms increase while you’re at home, chances are that you have mold. You should take action right away before you risk your health and the health of your family.
Mold is nothing to take lightly. If you think that you have mold in your home, you want to get it taken care of as soon as possible. The symptoms and problems with your health and home will get worse as time goes by.
Audrey Lovell is the owner of Flood Masters. A native of Florida, she’s worked as a restoration specialist specialist since 2009. Servicing many areas of Southwest Florida including Punta Gorda, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, and Marco Island.