October 23rd, 2020
One of the most important questions you will ask as a homeowner is, “How do I know if my house has mold?” Mold spores are close to impossible to prevent simply because they are part of the environment. They help break down biodegradable materials in the earth.
Since mold thrives in humid and moist areas, they tend to grow in homes, too. When mold spores spread inside a house, they can cause serious damage to its structure. To avoid costly repairs, homeowners must know how to spot mold growth so they can request mold remediation services right away.
Signs Indicating That Mold Remediation Is A Must
1 – Musty Smell
Although this is not true for all types of mold, most tend to have a moldy or musty smell. If you notice that kind of odor suddenly becoming a constant in your home, that most likely means you have mold somewhere. You should check humid or moist areas for mold and call a mold removal company as soon as possible.
2 – Dark-Colored Spots Or Discoloration
Mold spores are microscopic and usually grow in places that are not easily visible. However, a surefire sign that a house has a mold infestation is discoloration on the walls or ceilings. Discoloration caused by mold is usually black, but it could also be white, gray-brown, pink, or gray-green. When stains or discoloration is present, it is possible that the mold has been growing for some time and requires immediate action.
3 – Allergies, Coughs, And Sore Throat
Another common sign of mold in a home is the presence of various health symptoms. Prolonged exposure to mold affects your health and can trigger allergic reactions that cause coughing, wheezing, sore throat, runny or stuffed nose, sneezing, watery eyes, chest tightness, and breathing difficulties. If you or anyone in your home is suffering from any of those issues, it might be time to call an expert.
4 – Water Damage
Is something causing your wallpaper to strip? Or is the paint on your walls or ceiling cracking? Those are signs that you have water damage. Water leaks and damp, dark areas, especially in the nooks and crannies of your home, tend to be starting points for mold growth. If you suspect that a leak or moisture has been around for some time, call a mold remediation professional to keep mold at bay.
5 – High Levels Of Condensation
Condensation—or when walls, windows, and air ducts seem to be sweating—occurs when warm air meets a cold surface. The sudden cooling down of the surface releases water droplets, which contributes to moisture inside your home. Condensation is not a sign that there is mold in your home, but it promotes mold buildup. So if you have high condensation in your home, try to fix the issue and have your home checked for mold every now and then.
What To Do Next
If you have noticed any of those signs of mold in your home, the next step is to call a mold remediation service provider. Meridian Foundation Repair & Waterproofing will inspect your home, find the mold infestation, and remove it for you. Don’t wait until next week—call us today!