Signs of Mold in Your Home
Most of us are aware of the dangers that come with mold and are eager to avoid them but how do you know if you have mold? Below we have listed a few common signs of mold to help you better detect it on your own.
Mold Odor is one of the most common ways to find mold in your home is by smelling it. Detecting mold using smell works especially well when it’s not visible. In many cases the odor that comes with mold can be the only indicator of it, as it may be hidden behind a wall or under the floor. Although not all mold has a strong smell if you do smell any mold it needs to be taken care of as soon as possible.
Visible Mold Growth in many cases mold is visible, but it’s often overlooked, small amounts of mold are often confused with soot or dirt by the untrained eye. We urge everyone to keep an eye open for any mold, especially in areas that are very common to develop mold like kitchens, basements and washrooms. If you think you might be looking at mold, have a professional check it out as soon as you can. Even if it’s just dirt or soot, it’s important to have a professional check it so that you can have peace of mind.
Usually small areas of mold will grow quickly so if you can catch is fast enough it can save you lots of money in the long run. It is also not uncommon that a small amount of visible mold can lead our experts to a much larger patch of mold that’s hidden behind a wall or tiles.
Since so many different kinds of mold exist, it can look very different depending on what kind it is. Don’t take any risks if you think something is mold have an expert take a look.
Mold can create many different symptoms some common allergic reactions to mold include sore eyes, a runny nose/sneezing although mold affects everyone differently. If you experience neurological symptoms like headaches, dizziness, memory loss and a shorter attention span you might have poisonous toxic mold.
Toxic mold is very serious and the mycotoxins in it can cause many problems and have a very serious effect on you. If you are feeling especially sick it is very important for your health to call an expert immediately and stay away from the area that is making you sick.
If you notice that your allergies or neurological symptoms are especially worse when you are in your home and you feel much better when you aren’t home it is especially likely that you might have mold. On the other hand if you’re reactions are getting worse while at work, or at a friend’s house they might have mold and you should suggest they get their homes tested. Even if everyone else feels fine in an area that does not mean it is mold free, mold affects everyone differently and some people are more sensitive to it.
Condensation in your home
If your home has lots of condensation you are likely at risk of having mold. Since you have a lot of moisture it creates a wonderful environment for mold to grow in. Condensation often appears on windows and pipes, if you have rusted pipes inside your home it’s a good sign that you might have a lot of condensation.
If you have condensation in your home it is also a sign that you might have a humidity problem, which creates a good environment for mold and increase your risk of having it.
If you home has ever experienced any water problems, like a flood, burst pipe, leak or water damage and it was not taken care of properly by a certified water damage restoration company it is very likely that you have mold in your home. It is common that our experts will find mold hidden behind walls or under floors from a previous water problem.
If you notice that there is some discoloration on your walls, floors or ceiling you might have a moisture problem that needs to be taken care of. Some more symptoms from a moisture problem include peeling and bubbling in your wallpaper. Bulging, warped, bowed or damp walls.
If you ever experience a leak or water damage we highly recommend you don’t leave it to dry on its own but call a certified company to save yourself from mold and save money and time in the long run.
The best way to find mold if you are worried that you might have mold in your home but are unsure the best way to find out is with mold testing. Our technicians are fully licensed and ready to handle any mold problem in the greater Las Vegas area. We can test your home and ensure that it is mold free. Give us a call at 702-271-6406 and we can perform a free mold inspection in your home.