How Do You Know if You Have a Mold Problem?

How do you know if you have a mold problem? Are there places in your home that smell musty or earthy? Do allergies seem to be acting up and getting worse? Does someone's migraine headaches seem to be flaring up more frequently? These are some of the clues that might lead you to think there is mold growing in your home. Although they don't mean that you positively have mold, they are pretty good indicators.

Do You Think You Have a Mold Problem?

Mold problems stir up allergiesHow do you know if you have a mold problem?

  • Are there places in your home that smell musty or earthy?
  • Do allergies seem to be acting up and getting worse?
  • Does someone’s migraine headaches seem to be flaring up more frequently?

These are some of the clues that might lead you to think there is mold growing in your home. Although they don’t mean that you positively have mold, they are pretty good indicators.

If these signs appear, don’t ignore them, look around and see what you can see.

Be on the lookout for:

  • Look for areas that might have excess moisture or water damage.
    • Condensation from your windows can cause moldHeavy window condensation can be a problem, as the moisture builds up, it can drip on wooden window sills or puddle next to wall board.
    • Walls, ceilings and wood work might have stains or water rings.
    • Carpets may feel damp most of the time.
  • Look for actual mold growth.
    • It often appears as a harmless water stain that may appear fuzzy.
    • It may have various texture appearances such as cotton, velvet or granular.
    • It can be a variety of colors from white to gray to yellow, brown or green.
  • Look in, behind and under.
    • Behind furniture
    • Under sinks, carpets and other flooring
    • Look in cabinets

If you have looked everywhere you can think of, don’t give up, it’s probably in places that you can’t get to. That’s when you should call a mold remediation company.

If you think you have located the mold, the next thing that needs to be done is to test for the type of mold that is growing, the risk factor to your household members and how what the extent of your problem is.

This is not something that most people know how to do, nor should they. Remember mold can be very toxic. Again, this is when you should call a mold remediation company, they will know how to take care of the situation and help keep the extent of further contamination to a minimum.

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