5 Hidden Signs of Mold

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5 Hidden Signs of Mold

Mold can be lurking inside of your home, causing damage to both your home and your loved ones living inside. When mold is visible, it is very apparent that you have mold. However, mold can also grow in places that are hidden such as behind walls or in your attic. Therefore, it is important to follow these five hidden signs of mold:


1.       Moisture Issues

Mold can grow anywhere inside of your home where moisture is present and there is a food source. Mold flourishes in moist environments, so from a small leak in a wall or improper attic ventilation can lead to mold growth. If you notice any signs of excess moisture such as water spots, floors buckling or bubbling, make sure to have a professional come out to inspect it. If your basement has either flooded or has ongoing excess moisture, make sure to have that evaluated as well. These preventative measures can help save you money, prior to mold growth occurring.

2.       Respiratory Symptoms

Healthy people can experience many annoying or even dangerous symptoms due to the presence of mold. People with allergy/breathing issues, compromised immune systems, children and the elderly are especially impacted. There are numerous different types of mold that cause allergy or flu-like symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing, runny nose, headaches, nausea and many other symptoms. During the winter, when it is not allergy season and you show signs of these symptoms, you should have your house evaluated.

3.       Musty Smell

A key indicator that mold is present is its distinctive musty smell. The musty smell alone does not mean that you have mold, however you should have it looked at.

4.       Spotting and Discoloration

Discoloration throughout your home on walls, ceiling or floors could be a potential sign of mold growth. It should be evaluated by a licensed inspector. If there are dark spots on your walls that can be an indicator that mold is thick on the inside of a wall.

5.       Ventilation Problems

Ventilation issues in your home can also lead to mold growth, this is common in attics and bathrooms. Homes that are too tightly sealed, which can often happen with newer built homes can lead to moisture issues that promote mold growth. If there is a room in your home that constantly feels more humid or damp than others, that can also be an indicator of poor ventilation. In addition, you should have your ducts cleaned every few years to improve air quality and help prevent mold growth in your duct work.

Make sure to be aware of all of these factors, however the best way to prevent mold is to prevent any moisture problems throughout your home. When purchasing a new home, make sure to request an inspection that includes an inspection for mold. If you have a mold or moisture problem in your home, make sure to contact a mold professional, as this is the only way to ensure the mold will be treated and removed properly. This is not an endeavor a homeowner should take on themselves.