Hidden Signs of Household Mold
Mold can visually be hard to miss. It’s generally dark in color and can also be fuzzy. Mold is most frequently found in damp areas like bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, basements, and around windows. While this type of mold is easily identifiable, some mold is harder to find. Mold can grow in areas which make it difficult to spot. For instance, if you have a leaky pipe in your wall or ceiling, there could be mold growth happening where you can’t easily see it. Because of this possibility, it’s important to be aware of mold symptoms so you can identify a problem before it gets worse. Here are a few things to look out for.
1. You’re experiencing allergies. People with mold allergies generally have itchy eyes and nasal congestion when they are exposed to mold. If you have noticed these allergies when you’re home, but they go away when you leave your home, there could be mold somewhere in your house. If these symptoms get worse in certain rooms of your house, this may be a clue to where the mold is hiding.
2. Your asthma is acting up. If you have asthma, mold can worsen your symptoms. Inhaling the mold spores into your lungs can result in coughing fits, sneezing, and shortness of breath. Pay attention to these symptoms, and make note if they seem to get better when you leave your home.
3. Your paint has bubbles. Check the walls of your home to see if any paint has bubbled. Bubbling paint means that moisture has somehow penetrated the walls and caused the paint start peeling. Even if you can’t see mold on the walls quite yet, it’s likely that there might be an underlying mold problem.
4. You’re coughing. If you or a family member seems to have a cough and isn’t sick, it could be mold. Mold can get into your lungs and cause respiratory problems. To discover if mold is the problem, schedule an appointment with an allergist who can test you for exposure.
5. A lingering, musty smell. Musty smells generally linger in poorly ventilated areas. If you have a room or area in your home that always seems to smell musty, it’s a good idea to inspect it for mold. To prevent the smell, thoroughly clean the room and make sure it has proper ventilation so any dampness is able to dry out.
Mold exposure can be harmful to your family and home’s health if it’s not treated and removed. If you suspect your home has mold, our team can help. We will inspect the area, determine if you need a mold hygienist, and make a plan for remediation.