Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Three Signs of Mold in Your Home


Most homeowners know that a mold infestation should be dealt with immediately, as exposure can have health consequences. But mold in the home isn’t always obvious. It can begin to grow after even a minor water event such as a leak in the basement or attic. To recognize mold, consider these three criteria based on the experiences of people who have sought out mold remediation Brevard County

Musty Odors

Not all of the 100,000 known types of mold give off a scent, but many do when they are colonizing. It’s typically an earthy, mildew-like odor that can occur anywhere in the home. Sometimes the smell will be worse when you turn on the air conditioning or heating. This is a sign that mold could be growing in the HVAC system. However, an odor doesn’t necessarily mean there’s mold growing. Nor does a lack of one mean the area is free of mold.


Discolored Walls or Ceilings

Water spots, dark rings or yellowing can often be a sign that moisture is trapped behind the drywall, a breeding ground for mold. Keep in mind that water doesn’t always lead to mold, because mold spores have to first be present in the area. However, if you notice that your ceilings are walls are discolored, you should have a mold remediation specialist check to see how high the level of mold spores is in that area. You want to have mold treated sooner rather than later.

Health Issues
Symptoms such as headaches, congestion, respiratory problems, allergies or fatigue may be due to mold exposure. A possible indicator is that some people who suffer from these conditions feel relief when they are outside or on vacation. This suggests that the root cause may be poor air quality in the home. Another sign is if others in the home share the symptoms.

Get Tested

Mold should always be taken seriously. Even small black spots in your bathtub or between tiles are a warning that there is enough moisture in your home for mold to be lurking elsewhere. The safest thing to do is to arrange for testing by a licensed mold assessment consultant. He or she will have the technology necessary to quickly test any suspect areas and will advise you as to recommended steps you should take.
If you notice musty odors or discoloration in your walls or ceiling, you may have mold. Set up an appointment with a professional to address any issues.

14 comments:

  1. I totally agree about the mold - get help.

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  2. We had a pipe break and a small flood in our basement this winter. I have been keeping an eye out for mold, but I do think getting a professional evaluation would be a good idea.

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  3. Yeah, mold is nothing to screw with. People can get mold poisoning if they are exposed for too long.

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  4. Ugh! Mold is no good! I think this post gets people's attention to have their house tested. It would greatly benefit them.

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  5. It can make people really sick. We keep an eye out for it.

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  6. Musty odors are common signs of molds. I do general cleaning every week so I can prevent them.

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  7. Aaaahhhh...odors always alert us best. You might not see the molds in plain sight but the smell will get to you, just in time!

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  8. This is such an important post. We had mold in our home after hurricane damage and water went through our walls and flooring. We had to get our home heavily cleaned. You could smell the mold, which was really tough because I have very young children.

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  9. You just made me realize that I haven't even been checking for mold (slipped my mind completely) and I should be because of my aquariums and the moisture they put out. Mold love hight humidity. I'll have to start looking around and make sure that it's not causing mold in my new apartment.

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  10. We recently renovated an old house and were worried about mold. It all worked out though, we got it fixed!

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  11. Tiffany La-Forge GrauJune 6, 2019 at 2:17 PM

    This is a devastating discovery for a lot of people. Thanks for the heads up!

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  12. I have done similar thing years ago for my parents apartments. Some skills apply for such tasks.

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  13. Thanks for sharing this important information. I'll be looking into this!

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  14. I see those colors in the bathroom roof. like water spots. I don't think they are alright.

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