One of the biggest mistake people make when it comes to mold remediation and mold prevention is not knowing the signs of mold. We’ve seen this situation happen time and time again, where people let mold growth get out of hand simply because they don’t know how to identify it. So we thought we’d put together this list of tips for spotting mold in your home to help you avoid any future headaches.
The first indicator of mold growth that people usually notice is an unpleasant, musty odor. It smells kind of like when you leave wet laundry in the washer for too long. It’s a distinct, but not necessarily always strong smell. It will be stronger, the closer you are to the mold. So if you only ever smell it when you’re in your bathroom, most likely there is mold growing somewhere in there.
Mold exposure symptoms are indistinguishable from allergy symptoms. So if you’re sneezing a lot, getting rashes, having breathing problems, or any other symptoms like that, you may very well have a mold infestation. Don’t brush off these symptoms as seasonal allergies before making sure they aren’t mold-related.
If you strange spots or marks appear on surfaces in your home, this may be visible mold growth. Don’t run for the bleach when you see these spots, though! Attempting to remove mold yourself can actually worsen the problem by releasing more mold spores into the air and allowing the mold to spread.
Certain areas of the home tend to have moist, heavy air, which creates the perfect atmosphere for mold growth. If mold isn’t growing there yet, it will soon. So throw open the windows and turn on some fans to get rid of all that excess moisture.
If your home has been flooded recently, or if it’s undergone any other type of water damage, it’s at high risk for mold growth. Water damage is incredibly difficult to clean up and if an area is left moist for too long, mold can start growing there fairly quickly.
Keep these in mind next time you worry you may have a mold infestation. Knowing these tips for spotting mold in your home can save you a lot of money in the future! And if you do notice any of these indicators, schedule a mold inspection through Free Mold Check today. Our certified professionals will get your home back to normal before you know it!