Mold growth is a common problem for homes across the world, though it’s particularly troublesome for homes in wet, humid conditions like central Florida. This is a real problem, as the presence of excess mold in your home can lead to health problems including illness, coughing, sinus irritation, rashes, or other fever-like symptoms. (Not to mention the damage it’ll do to your home’s value.)
Those with immune system issues are particularly susceptible to mold-related infections, so if you spot any of the following signs of mold in your home, you should do yourself a favor and seek out mold remediation as soon as possible.
1. Visible Staining and Texture
The easiest way to detect mold in your home is simply looking for the telltale signs of mold colonies. Most indoor mold growth will have a characteristic appearance, usually involving visible stains on walls or ceiling and a rough, cotton-like texture. The growth may be colored in a brown, green, black, or grayish hue. Check for these signs in high-moisture areas around your home, but be aware that by the time you start noticing these signs, the mold has already set up shop and propagated. If your home has noticeable mold staining in different areas, you’re well past due for a mold remediation service.
2. The Smell Test
Mold has a characteristic odor that many of us are familiar with, often referred to as a damp, “musty” sort of smell. Although it’s not scientific, the presence of these odors can be a warning sign that something’s growing beneath the surface. Pay attention to odors in areas at high risk for mold growth such as kitchens, bathroom and laundry/utility rooms, and if you notice anything unusual, be ready to explore further.
3. Water Leakage or Condensation
If a fire is filling your home with smoke, you won’t solve anything by opening a window. You need to address the root cause of the issue. The same is true for mold growth. Mold growth often begins when your home suffers water damage that isn’t properly addressed in a timely manner. Plumbing leaks, condensation, and inadequate insulation during wet weather can all be culprits, here. Be aware of these issues and remember that, just as smoke follows fire, mold follows water – particularly in high-humidity areas like central Florida. If you’ve had problems with leakages, get ahead of the problem and seek out mold remediation services for a home assessment to make sure the water isn’t stirring up mold behind the scenes.
4. Allergic Response
If you or someone you know is allergic to mold, their physical response may offer insight into whether a home has mold or not. The physical effects of mold exposure – coughing, runny noses, itchy eyes – are all exacerbated in those sensitive to its effects. In particular, keep an eye on your allergic symptoms as you enter and exit your home. If your allergic symptoms worsen outdoors, it may be a sign of something wrong indoors.
Is Mold In My Home Dangerous?
Just to be clear, not every type of mold that you might find in your home is dangerous. Some mold types are mere nuisances that don’t pose health risks but regardless of the type of mold, its very presence can be unpleasant and seriously detract from the value of your home. That’s why we recommend that all homeowners in Florida and beyond regularly inspect their homes for the following issues and be ready to find mold remediation services when necessary.