Does Your Home Have a Mold Problem?
Every year, tens of thousands of homeowners begin what they think will be straightforward home renovations only to discover mold growing behind their walls thanks to a hidden plumbing leak. Any home can develop a mold problem and it can easily go on for years before you begin to notice the tell-tale signs. While it’s most often discovered after pulling up flooring or opening a wall, you may already have noticeable signs of a mold problem. If you do, it’s important to have the mold addressed before it can spread even further.
Here are signs to watch for that indicates your home has mold.
Sign 1: You notice a musty odor in your house
Do you notice an unpleasant musty smell in one room of your house? You may notice this smell anywhere in your home, but it’s most common in the bathroom or when you’re running the air conditioning or heating — in which case you may have mold growing in your home’s HVAC system! Don’t ignore a musty aroma; it’s a sign that mold is growing somewhere, whether it’s under your bathroom tile or even behind your wallpaper.
Sign 2: You have high humidity or notice condensation
If you live in an area with high humidity, you may sometimes notice condensation on your windows or water where it shouldn’t be, such as on your window sills or on appliances. When there’s already a lot of water in the air, it takes a very long time for condensation to dry. Homes in areas with high humidity can and do develop mold problems, which can be hard to avoid. The best way to avoid mold is to keep your home’s humidity below 60% with a dehumidifier.
Sign 3: You have had a leak or flood
Did you know mold will start to grow on water-logged material after just 24 hours? If you know you have had a flood or any type of plumbing leak in your home, there’s a good chance you have mold. It may be a good idea to consider mold remediation if you’ve had a leak. Otherwise, you may not find the extend of the damage until you start remodeling.
Sign 4: You have allergy symptoms that are worse inside
This sign may be subtle, but mold in your house can cause allergy symptoms like red and watery eyes, coughing, rashes, a runny nose, and itchy eyes. Don’t assume your allergy symptoms are necessarily caused by pollen or pets; mold growth in your home usually makes the symptoms worse when you’re inside. Several members of the household with similar symptoms are also a clear sign that there’s something wrong with your indoor air quality, which may be mold spores.
Don’t leave mold growing behind your walls, out of sight and out of mind. If you suspect you have a mold problem, a mold remediation company can test your indoor air quality and pinpoint the source of the problem – Looking for a company? Click here. From there, the fix may be as simple as replacing the flooring in your bathroom. Whatever you do, don’t ignore the signs of a mold problem because it will only get worse.