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.

Household mold is often referred to as “black mold,” though mold does not have to be black to be dangerous. Mold will typically grow and thrive in humid conditions. While the presence of mold can look nasty, it is the undetected airborne toxins that pose the most significant dangers.

Senior citizens and those already susceptible to respiratory disease are among the highest risk groups for mold dangers. Mold causes some people to show symptoms such as watery eyes, itching, throat irritation, coughing, or runny nose. More severe consequences include:

  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Sinus infection
  • Breathing trouble
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Decreased attention span

Mold Removal Austin Homeowners Can Trust – 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 inspection of your home by experts in mold remediation can head off mold issues before they become hazardous and costly problems.

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. Black spores spreading on the surfaces in your home indicate a rapidly growing mold issue. Sections of uneven flooring and bubbles in the paint can also show 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.

Physical health conditions and reactions can also indicate a growing mold problem in your home. Persistent cold and flu symptoms and the onset of respiratory issues can be symptoms of health problems resulting from the presence of mold somewhere in your home.

Mold Smells

While you may not always be able to see or recognize mold visibly, the distinct odor it creates is unmistakable. If your home begins to smell musty, stale, or damp, the chances are good that you have mold growth somewhere in your home. People have compared mold smell to wet socks or rotten wood.

A sure sign you have mold is when you cannot get rid of the pungent odor even after proper ventilation of the area. It is, however, a smell that you can get used to. If you think that the smell is fading, go outside and take in a few deep breaths of fresh air before returning to determine if the scent is as strong as it has been.

Hidden Mold

The ideal conditions for mold growth are the darkest, warmest, and dampest recesses of your home, meaning it may be hard to locate even when you know it is there. Common hidden areas where mold is most likely to grow include:

  • Bathroom: Mold growing along the creases of your bathroom tile is the most easily identifiable area in the house. However, bathrooms are conducive to mold growth in places like around water pipes and taps, under flooring, and underneath the bathtub. Traditional shower curtains are also an ideal breeding ground for mold to grow. Improper ventilation in the bathroom is a leading cause of mold growth.
  • Kitchen: Your kitchen is filled with appliances and systems 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 or condensation can form.
  • Laundry room: Leaky washing machine pipes can cause the pooling of water and moisture that create mold growth conditions. Leaving your washing machine open between long stretches of inactivity will help dry areas inside the appliance that would be inviting for mold.
  • Bedroom: Improperly sealed windows in the bedrooms and throughout the house 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 mold problems in your home is to take the necessary steps to control the moisture and water throughout the structure. While there is no way to prevent some growths of mold in your home completely, steps can be taken to minimize the chances of a mold problem that threatens the health of your family and the structure of your home.

Following hard rain or flooding 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 common-sense tactics to help prevent mold growth in our 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

Mold Remediation Austin, TX

Mold can cause a wide variety of health issues and can damage the structural integrity of your home if left to grow. When mold is found, it is essential to contact All Nation Restoration, the professionals in mold removal Austin trusts. Experienced technicians perform proven mold remediation services using the highest quality materials and equipment with the most effective processes in the industry.

Chris MorenoBe Prepared To Detect Mold


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  • Afton Jackson - October 11, 2021 reply

    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.

  • Colleen Crawford - February 21, 2021 reply

    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!

    Joshua Jackson - December 28, 2021 reply

    Thank you for reading and your response!

  • Zachary Tomlinson - February 11, 2021 reply

    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.

  • Mold Inspection Gaithersburg - October 7, 2020 reply

    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.


    Joshua Jackson - December 28, 2021 reply

    Thank you for the info.

  • Rachel Frampton - September 9, 2020 reply

    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.

    Chris Moreno - September 11, 2020 reply

    Thnaks Rachel

  • Kate Hansen - August 28, 2020 reply

    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.

    Chris Moreno - September 11, 2020 reply

    Yes i would agree kate

  • ปั๊มไลค์ - June 6, 2020 reply

    Like!! I blog quite often and I genuinely thank you for your information. The article has truly peaked my interest.

    Chris Moreno - July 7, 2020 reply

    Thank you!

  • Zachary Tomlinson - May 29, 2020 reply

    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.

    Chris Moreno - July 7, 2020 reply

    That might be a good idea Zachary.

  • Zachary Tomlinson - March 11, 2020 reply

    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.

    Chris Moreno - September 11, 2020 reply

    Your welcome

  • Midwest Mold Removal - February 29, 2020 reply

    Thanks for pointing us how to know the signs. It will be a great help for homeowners to make their home cleans.

    Chris Moreno - September 11, 2020 reply

    Your welcome

  • Austin Saunders - February 18, 2020 reply

    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.

    Chris Moreno - February 18, 2020 reply

    That’s great Austin. I’m glad this article was helpful.

  • Mats Wolff - February 5, 2020 reply

    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.

    Chris Moreno - February 18, 2020 reply

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

  • David Johnson - December 11, 2019 reply

    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.

    Chris Moreno - February 18, 2020 reply

    That is a good idea David.

  • Eli Richardson - December 9, 2019 reply

    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.

  • Ellie Davis - November 26, 2019 reply

    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.

    Chris Moreno - November 27, 2019 reply

    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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