How to Spot Mold in Your Home
Mold can often go undetected for days, weeks and even months before homeowners notice. Unfortunately, this can cause long-term health issues and lower the value of your home. We are here to give you some tips on what to look for and how to spot symptoms of mold in your home. Knowing what to look for will help prevent mold damage from escalating.
LOOK FOR SPOTS.
One of the quickest ways to spot mold in your home is by looking for signs of spots. Mold spots come in different colors but the most concerning spots are GREEN, GRAY and BLACK. If the spots in your home are any or a combination of these three colors, call a professional immediately. Other colors to look for are white, orange, yellow or pink. Though these colors are not as concerning, they should be dealt with ASAP.
SOMETHING SMELLS FUNNY.
Mold can sometimes bring a foul, musty odor. It is often said that mold can smell like wet rags or even urine. If you so happen to notice a funny smell in your home, look for the previously mentioned spots or any signs of moisture.
SIGNS OF MOISTURE.
Moisture in the home brings a risk for mold to develop. Check for moist surfaces, especially in the attic, basement, crawlspace or any space that may be occupied less frequently. Next, check all of the home’s pipes to make sure there are no present leaks. Eliminating environments that breed mold will prevent chances of dormant or active growth.
COLD OR MOLD.
Symptoms of mold in your mold can be similar to symptoms of a common cold. Mold will affect your home’s air quality which can cause congestion, sore throat, watery eyes or fatigue. Although it may be difficult at first to determine the cause of your symptoms, if they last longer than two weeks, it is time to suspect environmental factors. Once again, check your home for spots, odd smells, leaks or signs of moisture.
Whether you were able to spot mold or are still unsure if mold is the culprit, you can always ask a professional to perform a mold inspection and air quality test. Experienced technicians will be able to find hidden mold or potential risks by using moisture detecting and air quality testing tools.
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