Musty OdorsNot 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.
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 TestedMold 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.