Mold can be scary. It grows in humid, damp, and warm areas, easy to find within a house. It reproduces and spreads by making spores that survive in nearly any environmental condition, no matter how harsh. Worst of all, these spores can have potential health consequences and financial repercussions for you and your family. Once established, mold can be extremely intrusive, unleashing millions of spores into your home. Here are four tips for identifying mold spores in your house.
Where There Is Water…
Moisture is practically a playground for mold, so your first step in finding out whether you have mold spores is to look for a water source. Check easy-to-reach areas where water damage can occur, like under sinks, walls, bathrooms, basements, and ceilings, particularly if you have had a moisture problem like flooding or a roof leak in the past. Stop mold from spreading by preventing accumulations of moisture at a water source.
Your Nose Knows
One of the least expensive and most effective ways to detect mold spores in your home is your well-honed sense of smell. If there is no visible evidence of mold, there may still be a musty or moldy odor. Often the scent of mold is earthy and quite pungent, leading you to where mold may be hiding – under wallpaper, behind walls, or under the floorboards. If your nose is telling you something isn´t right, trust your sense and investigate the source of the smell.
Mold can often induce allergic reactions. Mold spores sometimes cause hay fever-like symptoms, including wheezing, itchy eyes, and sneezing, or they could produce skin allergies like a rash. If your body is sensitive to mold, use it as a gauge of finding where the mold is in your house. Do you feel better when you´re at work or shopping? Can you breathe more easily in the bedroom than in the kitchen? These factors may be signs that mold is present.
Hunting for Mold
Of course, your eyes are also an asset in discovering mold. Oftentimes, mold spores are easy to spot; they appear in clusters of black, gray-brown, or gray-green. Mold growing behind vinyl can look pink, orange, or purple. Other species of mold appear white and thread-like. When you´re on the hunt for mold, be sure to turn off any fans that are running or your HVAC system; this will reduce the chance that mold spores will spread to other locations.
If you have found mold, further action may be required for its treatment and removal. Call Vital Restoration for a free mold examination. Our services are prompt and efficient, and we use the industry´s best technology to get your home back to its pre-mold condition as quickly as possible.