How to Tell If There Is Mold in Your Home or Place of Business

Posted by Angela Ostroff on 01 August, 2016

Mold is one of the most detrimental things that can occur in your home or place of business, both in terms of the physical damage it can do to people who inhale it on a regular basis, and in terms of the economic effects on a property of mold that is left untreated for too long. This is why mold removal is so important.

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Prevention

Of course, one of the most important ways to prevent mold is to detect it before it has become a serious problem. If you have any reason to suspect that your home has been infested with mold, there are many ways to determine this for sure. Below is a list of ways for you to tell if your home has mold, ranging from passive observances to active searching.

  • Allergic symptoms or other health symptoms

One of the most common ways to discover that there is mold in a home is to be affected by the mold in terms of your health. Many people only discover mold after it has been compromising their breathing, causing irritating and uncomfortable allergies, or causing infections for quite some time. Common symptoms of mold sickness include, but are not limited to: allergies, asthmatic effects, trouble breathing, infections in the respiratory system, itchy skin, rashes, and sore throat, sneezing or coughing.

  • Smell of mold

Many people discover mold by the smell. The smell of mold is the familiar pungent, fermented smell that you would expect to find in abandoned buildings, caves, or other consistently moist areas. It is common to smell mold long before you see it, because it grows in isolated places, often within walls or other such spaces. If you smell mold in a certain area of the house, look in corners and other hidden places to see if you can uncover the source.

  • Seeing mold

Mold occasionally grows in conspicuous places, such as bathroom and kitchen walls, particularly under and around leaky pipes and sinks. If you see mold in one of these areas—even a small amount—it could be a sign of a much larger, household-wide mold problem. 

Signs of mold growth/history of water damage or flooding

There are other ways to determine whether your home is at risk of having mold or not. For example, homes with a history of flooding, leaking or water damage are at a much higher risk of having mold infestation than homes that have been consistently dry. Signs of mold growth include warped or bubbling paint or wood (signs of water damage), discoloration of walls and ceilings, and moistness in or on walls. 

Where to look for mold if you suspect you have it

If you suspect that your house may have mold, there are a few places to look for it that are the most common. These areas include the attic and basement—two areas most consistently subject to the effects of raining and other moisture-inducing weather, the kitchen, and the bathroom. All of these areas are subject to mold because they are subject to water damage. 

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