Mold is one of the biggest hassles that homeowners can face. In addition to the structural damage it can cause, mold can also cause a variety of health issues. Black mold in particular has a reputation for being extremely dangerous to human health. Today we’ll be covering some of the most common signs that you could have mold growing in your home. If any of these signs apply, contact Restoration Partners right away! We can perform home inspections to look for mold, as well as comprehensive mold remediation services to treat and remove any mold we find.
How to Tell if There is Mold in Your Home
There are Signs of Water Damage
Mold can begin growing in as little as 24 to 48 hours after flooding or water damage has occurred. This is why it’s so essential that you begin water damage restoration services as soon as possible after an accident. The longer water is allowed to sit and soak in, the harder it is to prevent mold from settling in. Simple water damage restoration services often involve drying out an area and applying a mold prevention treatment. More severe water damage and flood restoration can involve replacing large areas of drywall, flooding, or insulation that have been waterlogged. If your home has an attic or a basement, it’s often “out of sight, out of mind.” Check your basement or attic regularly for water damage or mold growth. If you notice that there are water-damage stains anywhere in your home, new or old, you should check closely for mold growth.
A Musty or Mildewy Odor
Mildew has a very distinct musty odor… odds are good that you’re familiar with it. Mold can also have a distinct smell, but it varies greatly based on the type of mold. Some molds have a strong musty or earthy smell, while others may smell sour or pungent. If you don’t see any visible signs of mold but your home has a pervasive musty or sour smell, it could be that there is mold growing somewhere out of sight. Inspect your walls and carpet for signs of water damage or moisture build-up. If you can’t see any visual signs of mold but a smell persists, it could be possible that you have mold growth behind your walls, inside your ductwork, or beneath your flooring. At this point, you should have a professional inspection performed to determine the cause of the moldy or mildewy smell.
Experiencing Indoor Allergy Symptoms
Allergy symptoms that seem to appear when you’re inside your home but get better when you leave the house can be a sign of mold in the home. An exception to this of course is if you have pets and pet allergies. Mold allergies have many of the same symptoms as other common allergies. If you or your family members are experiencing the following symptoms that get better when you leave home, it could be a sign of an allergy to mold growing in your house. You should discuss any healthcare concerns with your provider, as well as consider having your home inspected for mold.
Mold allergy symptoms can include:
- itchy and/or watery eyes
- itchy and/or sore throats
- persistent coughing
- difficulty breathing
- sinus headaches
There is Visible Mold Growing
The easiest way to tell if you have mold growing in your home is to see it. The most common areas where mold grows are any places where humidity and moisture are prevalent. Unsurprisingly, bathroom walls and windowsills are common sites for mold growth. Kitchens can also be surprisingly humid, especially if you cook often. Check inside of your cupboards often to make sure that mold and mildew aren’t growing somewhere tucked away out of sight. Finally, attics and basements can often host mold. It’s important to check these areas regularly for visible mold growth. The appearance of mold can vary greatly. Some molds can look slimy, while others may be leathery or fuzzy looking. Mold can also come in a variety of colors, such as yellow, green, white, brown, grey, or black.
Mold Removal Services in New Jersey
Each of the above signs can indicate that you have mold growing in your home. If you need an inspection or mold remediation services, contact Restoration Partners. Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) are IIRC certified, meaning we can perform mold inspections and removal services. We’ll help get your home back to safe, comfortable, and mold-free condition!