3 Ways To Tell If You Have Mold
Especially if you have experienced some form of water damage, have old or brand new piping that hasn’t been tested, or have had recent remediation, the possibility of mold in your home is real, and you may not even be aware.
If you’re interested in protecting the health of those in your home, read on to discover three ways to tell if you have mold.
Experiencing allergy-like symptoms out of the blue?
Maybe you thought, “Here it is again! Another cold!”...but, it could be much more than a common cold.
One of the tell-tale signs of mold would be some form of allergic reactions. These vary depending on the type of mold, but the most common include:
In extreme cases, toxic mold could be present in your home or space. This mold could lead to symptoms such as memory loss, dizziness, and headaches.
These mycotoxins, toxins from toxic molds, can take a real toll on individuals and must be addressed immediately.
In addition, the CDC has reported that recent studies suggest a potential link between early mold exposure to the development of asthma in children. This is not an issue to be taken lightly.
In practice, one way to test whether or not these symptoms are the result of mold would be to try to recognize how your symptoms change when you are outside or inside.
If only experiencing the symptoms indoors, it could certainly point to mold as the culprit.
Certain sights and smells can point back to mold
It’s true; sometimes, it’s as easy as following your nose. When left untreated, mold can begin to have a really distinct odor. However, depending on the type of mold, the odor could vary.
Really, it is anything from ‘musty’ to ‘downright vile’.
Apart from smells, mold can be visible as well. This might seem obvious, but many people are liable to overlook small amounts of mold growth in their homes as ‘dirt’ or ‘dust’.
Ultimately, the appearance of mold can vary greatly. Mold can take many different forms, whether it be:
Even these small amounts of mold, whether noticed through sight or smell, must be treated immediately.
Allowing small amounts of mold to grow can lead to greater complications later, requiring more extensive treatment methods.
Extra moisture can lead to mold - find the source!
The last of three ways to tell if you have mold damage would be to look for signs of potential water damage, leaks, or other complications.
If you have experienced any of these problems in the past, chances are there are some remnants of mold growth.
The potential impact of water damage lasts long before the water has been taken care of.
Without proper treatment of the water damage by a certified team, mold is likely to develop in these areas.
Some signs of water damage, and potential mold growth, include:
Importantly, if the water damage was hidden behind walls or under the floors, the mold is likely there, too.
That’s why it is vital to have a team of certified professionals to take care of any mold damage ‘under the hood’.
Take Mold Issues Seriously
The next time you start to experience some new symptoms, see or smell something distasteful in your home or space, or observe or suspect water damage, keep in mind that mold may be developing.
If there are suspicions of mold in your home, the best way to confirm is talk to a specialist or ask for mold inspection & testing.
12/9/2020 06:52:42 pm
I had no idea that if you suddenly feel the signs of nasal congestion and headaches within a home for no reason, this could be a sign that your home has mold. I have a friend who's interested in purchasing this lakefront home, but after visiting it the other day, it made him feel sick. I'll be sure to suggest that he hire a mold remediation expert to inspect the home for mold.
3/9/2021 04:07:36 pm
It was really helpful when you said that black spots are mold. Last night I was cleaning up the bathroom in my basement, and I noticed black spots underneath the sink, and I was wondering if that was a sign of mold in my home. I really appreciate you helping me learn more about finding out if your home has a mold issue. I'll have to look into hiring a mold remediation service that can help me with the issue as soon as possible.
4/30/2021 04:47:52 pm
It was good to learn that sudden allergy-like symptoms can be a sign of mold. My husband has never had allergies before but he has bad symptoms this year. We will have to hire a mold testing and remediation service.
7/23/2021 04:14:50 pm
It was really interesting when you explained that mold can be black and spotty. As far as I know, black mold is the most hazardous and can make people very sick. If you find black mold in your home, you should contact a remediation company as soon as possible.
12/27/2021 01:19:12 pm
Thank you for explaining that things like nasal congestion and runny nose can indicate that you have a mold problem. My friend has been having a lot of weird symptoms lately that she can't explain like these two. I wonder if she looks around her home if she'll find mold or not.
1/19/2022 09:09:16 pm
I appreciate that you explained that molds can produce odors. After moving to our current area, my wife is hoping to find a mold testing service as she thinks that we have a mold presence in our basement and asked if I have any idea what is the best option to do. Thanks to this helpful article, I'll be sure to consult mold testing services as they can answer all our concerns.
1/31/2022 11:22:50 am
I really appreciated your information on how to use your senses to find mold. Describing the smell as sometimes vile is a pretty strong and scary statement. When I went into our storage area in the basement, I did notice a smell that you described in your information as "musty". This is of great concern for me because of health concerns. My elderly grandfather resides in the home with us and we do not want to compromise his health. He is already on occasional oxygen. We will call a damage contractor this week.
2/3/2022 02:55:09 am
It was interesting to learn that sudden allergy-like symptoms can be an indication of mold. We'll need to hire a mold testing and remediation company.
3/10/2022 02:44:23 am
Mold is a fungus that thrives in moist environments. It can cause a variety of health problems, depending on the type of mold and the person's sensitivity. If you think you may have mold, there are several ways to tell. One is to look for signs of water damage. If water has seeped into your walls or ceilings, or if there is a musty smell, then you may have mold. You can also do a smell test.
I never took into account the fact that toxic molds can also cause memory loss, dizziness, and headaches when they are present in your home. I should probably hire mold removal services to check our property in case we might have that kind of issue this time. It's because we realized that I have been having issues with remembering the previous events of our lives even if it is just last week.
5/24/2022 04:31:48 pm
Thank you for explaining how extra moisture can lead to mold. I think we might have a mold problem in our house. It's been pretty humid in our house lately, so that might be the reason why.
5/28/2022 05:56:41 am
Thanks for helping me understand that molds can even lead to symptoms like memory loss, dizziness, and headaches. I should probably look for a mold damage cleanup this weekend to be safe because we had a pipe that burst in the basement. So there might be such issues like that growing there which is a health risk for my kids.
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Mike McCullough is the owner of County Action Restoration