In many cases, mold grows out of sight, often behind or beneath other surfaces. So how do you know when it’s time to get your home tested? These are a few of the tell-tale signs that your home may have a mold problem.
You can see visible mold growth.
The most obvious sign of mold is visible growth. If left untreated, the growth will continue to spread and more mold spores will be released into the air. If you can see it, it is definitely time to call a professional inspection company.
The area smells musty.
The smell of mold is often described as “musty”. The unpleasant odor is a common indicator that there is mold growing somewhere in the area. Because mold often grows out of sight, the bad smell is one of the most obvious signs of the presence of mold.
If you experience a musty smell in your home, we recommend calling a mold inspection specialist. At Mold Shark, we utilize thermal imaging tools that allow us to quickly pinpoint the areas of mold growth behind drywall, wallpaper, ceiling tiles, and more. Locating the exact area of growth helps to avoid any unnecessary damage to walls and also reduces remediation costs.
The property has had water damage.
Water damage is one of the most common causes of mold in the home. Mold can begin to develop within just 24 hours of water damage. The moisture creates the perfect environment, encouraging fast growth and spreading. Even minor plumbing leaks can lead to a serious mold issue, especially if any drywall or wallpaper was exposed to the water.
You are experiencing mold exposure symptoms.
During long periods of exposure, some people develop mold exposure symptoms. Although it is fairly common, it often goes untreated because mold continues to grow in the home. Not everyone experiences symptoms, as some people are more sensitive to molds than others.
Common symptoms of mild mold exposure include:
- Sore throats.
- Trouble breathing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
- A runny nose or stuffed up nose.
- Red, itchy, and/or watery eyes.
- Asthma attacks or asthma-like symptoms in people not previously diagnosed with the disease.
- Infections in the lungs, such as pneumonia and bronchitis.
- Chronic sinusitis (sinus infections).
- Rashes or hives.