Be Prepared To Detect Mold

Molds have been thriving on Earth for millions of years and can grow anywhere they can find even the smallest amounts of moisture or water. Left to grow, mold spores that get into the air are a potential health hazard to you and your family and can even threaten to damage the structure of your home.

Dark mold is often referred to as “black mold,” though mold doesn’t have to be dark to be dangerous. Mold will typically thrive in humid conditions. While the presence of mold can look nasty, it is the undetected airborne toxins that pose significant dangers.

Senior citizens and those susceptible to respiratory complications are among the high-risk groups for mold health risks. Mold causes some people to show symptoms such as watery eyes, itching, throat irritation, coughing, or runny noses. More severe consequences include:

 
    • Nausea
 
    • Fatigue
 
    • Sinus infection
 
    • Difficulty breathing
 
    • Headaches and dizziness
 
    • Impaired attention span

 

Signs Your Home Needs Professional Help

By the time you see or smell mold forming in your home, the problem is already to the point of posing potential health problems for you and your family. Regular inspections of your home by experts in mold remediation can stop mold issues before they become hazardous.

The following are some of the signs to look for throughout your home.

 

Visible Signs

Outward visible signs of mold typically indicate a significant problem in your home. Fuzzy fungus spreading on the surfaces in your home indicates a rapidly growing mold issue. Sections of uneven flooring and paint bubbling on walls can also point to mold growth.

Squishy floorboards on your hardwood flooring are often a sign of a developing mold problem. If you can reach the subfloor through your basement or crawlspaces, you can check for conditions that are conducive to mold growth. Even if you have to lift a board to inspect underneath, it will be worth the effort if there is a mold infestation.

 

Mold Smells

While you may not always be able to see or recognize mold visibly, the distinct odor it creates may give it away. If your home begins to smell musty, stale, or damp, the chances are good that you have mold growing somewhere in your home. Some people compare mold smells to wet socks or rotten wood.

It’s also possible for you to get used to the moldy smell to where you don’t notice it anymore. Spend a few hours out of the house or ask a friend to walk through your house to know if the smell really is gone.

 

Hidden Mold

Mold loves to hide in those secret spots in your home, spots that are warm, dark, and damp. Just because you figured out you have a mold issue, doesn’t mean you figured out where that issue is. Common hidden areas where mold is most likely to grow include:

    • Bathrooms: Mold growing along the grout of your bathroom tile is usually quickly noticed. However, bathrooms are popular for mold growth in less obvious places like around plumbing, under flooring, and under the bathtub. Traditional shower curtains are also easy for mold to grow on. Improper ventilation in the bathroom is a leading cause of mold growth too.
 
    • Kitchens: Your kitchen is filled with many things that can produce moisture and leave water residue behind. Mold will flourish around your refrigerator, freezer, ice dispensers, and any other areas where water can collect.
 
    • Laundry rooms: Leaky washing machines can cause water to pool and encourage mold to grow. Leaving your washing machine open for long periods of time will help it stay dry.
 
    • Bedrooms: Poorly sealed windows in the bedrooms can provide enough moisture for mold to grow. Mattresses can also attract mold if you have not flipped them over in a while.
 
    • Attics, Basements, and Vents: A leaky roof or ventilation system will collect enough moisture for mold to grow and prosper, especially in low-traffic areas like the attic or basement. Regular checks of these areas will help prevent the spread of mold in these dark, moist areas of the house.
 

Preventing Mold Growth

The best way to deal with a mold problem is to not have one in the first place. You can’t always stop a complication like this from happening, but there are several things you can do to give yourself the best chance to stay mold-free.

After hard rain or flooding that finds a way inside is a prime time for mold to find the moisture needed to grow. Making sure all areas of the home are thoroughly clean and dry after a storm will help to deter the growth of mold in your home.

Some tactics to help prevent mold growth in your home include:

    • Fix leaky roofs, windows, and pipes
 
    • Install eco-friendly windows and doors that provide tight seals
 
    • Control humidity levels in the house to reduce moisture in the air
 
    • Thorough regular cleaning and drying of susceptible, particularly after rains and flooding
 
    • Ventilate bathroom, laundry, and cooking areas
 
    • Mold inhibitors can be added to paints
 
    • Utilize commercial mold-killing products when cleaning the bathrooms
 

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Whenever you have issues with mold, call All Nation Restoration. We’re ready to help you get mold removed and done away with. Estimates are free so there’s no reason to wait.

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  1. Wow, I never knew that mold could be hidden in so many areas. I’ve since been wondering if the musty smell that I sometimes pick up from random parts of my house were just my imagination. Reading your article has shown me just how risky my situation might be, so I’ll get a mold remediation expert to help me check all of these areas you listed down.

  2. Thanks for pointing us how to know the signs.This is really essential to know because it might cost harm to our foods and health. Ill be sure to check all the signs thanks!

  3. I find it worrying that seeing weird spores on your ceiling is a huge sign that you have molds. My uncle’s living room has a couple of these, and he finds it hard to breathe whenever he’s near them. We shouldn’t probably look for a mold removal expert for this task.

  4. Mold does not always have a strong smell but when it is present, it’s often described as musty. Others have described mold smelling earthy, meaty or resembling the odor of wet socks or rotten wood. For many homeowners, the smell is unpleasant and pungent.

    Regards,
    Daniel

  5. I noticed that there are molds in my basement area probably because due to the flooding incident that took place a week ago, which is why I’v decided to start looking for a remediation service. Well, I never knew that molds may cause flue and allergies that could be dangerous to our health. You’re also right about the importance of checking the shower curtains for any algae build-up because this is a common breeding ground for it.

  6. It’s good to know that you might have mold if you smell something stale or damp. For the past couple of weeks, I have been noticing a stale damp smell in my basement, and I was wondering if that meant that there might possibly be mold down there. I’ll have to look into hiring a mold inspection service that can come and see if there is a mold issue in my basement.

  7. My uncle told me that he’s having trouble breathing lately even though he doesn’t go out much. It got me all worried and after doing my research, I find it surprising to learn prolonged mold exposure could be the culprit. I’ll suggest that he call a mold remediation service for this so an expert can sort it out.

  8. Thanks for helping me understand the signs of having molds inside a home. I’ve been having difficulty breathing recently and I think the culprit is mold infestation. What you said about how moisture is the key element for mold to grow is really interesting to learn. I now realize the importance of ventilation and mold-killing products to avoid further molds in my home.

  9. I like what you said about making sure that your kitchen is clear of mold since condensation can easily form there. My sister has been telling me about how she wants to make sure that her home is as healthy as possible in the coming weeks. I’ll share this information with her so that she can look into her options for professionals who can help her with this.

  10. I had no idea that the creases in bathroom tiles are the most common areas for mold. We have started noticing small amounts of mold throughout the house which led to a huge mold problem in our basement by our laundry machines. It’s been causing our 2 kids to start coughing and we really need to get rid of it. We will hire a professional to get rid of the mold.

    1. That’s a great idea Mat. You should start my hiring a mold hygienist to run some tests first.

  11. To me, you make a really good point that you’d want to control humidity and fix leaky roofs. I just barely figured out about a roof leak which I think the house has had for a while. I’ll have to look at getting mold testing services.

  12. I’m grateful to read that a pungent smell indicates a mold problem. My uncle has a pipe leaking for months, and after he fixed it, we noticed a sour smell in the house. I’ll be sure to let him know so he can hire a mold inspector to examine his house for mold.

  13. It’s interesting to know that a pungent odor that is hard to get rid of is a clear sign of mold. My mother told me about this weir odor coming from her attic, and we are looking for advice. I will call a mold remediation company to help her.

    1. Sorry to hear your mother is dealing with this issue. Normally a pungent odor is followed has water involved so you should be looking for some water damage as well. If you would like free advice over the phone you can call us at (512)934-8180

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