Mold is not only unsightly, but it can potentially be dangerous to your health. In this blog, we are going to show you how to recognize warning signs of mold and how to handle mold mitigation.
While some mold, like the kind you find in old containers in the refrigerator, can be harmless and easy to deal with, other mold species produce mycotoxin, a dangerous substance that can lead to health problems.
According to the EPA, mold can cause allergic reactions, asthma attacks, or mild nose and throat irritation.
Keep reading to learn about these early warning signs of mold, so you can manage your mold problem before it becomes a major health hazard.
4 Warning Signs of a Mold Problem
If you notice any of these warning signs of mold, act quickly to prevent further growth.
- You Can See Visible Mold
Mold is usually easy to recognize once it is visible. Most mold colonies appear as dark circular spots that are usually clustered closely together.
However, other mold species can look like a layer of dust with more subtle color changes. These can be harder to recognize.
Mold is attracted to moisture. We have found these are some of the most likely places to find mold:
- Near toilets
- Underneath sinks
- On shower walls
- Behind wallpaper, especially in bathrooms
- In basements
- A Musty or Moldy Smell
Another easily recognizable sign of mold is the smell. Most people can pick up even the faintest musty odor. Once you notice the smell, try to find the source of the mold.
When we notice a moldy smell in a kitchen, we always check the sink first. We usually find a water leak. Many people notice a musty smell in their laundry if the clothes sit in the washer for too long. This can be a sign of a high number of mold spores in the area.
- Water Leaks and Floods
Mold needs moisture to grow. When a house has a water issue, either from a leak or a flood, there is a much higher potential for mold to grow. If your house has a leak or experienced flooding, remember that flood damage can cause mold. The area needs to be properly cleaned, dried, and dehumidified.
- Lasting Health Problems
Even if you don’t see or smell mold in your home, it could be growing and causing health problems. However, many of the common mold-caused symptoms are often attributed to common illnesses. Here are some of the most common symptoms:
- Red or itchy eyes
- Problems with asthma
If you experience these symptoms and they last longer than is usual, it could be caused by environmental factors, like mold.
Let 24/7 Flood Response Handle Your Mold Mitigation
If you find multiple signs of mold in your home and you want to take care of it for good, trust your home to 24/7 Flood Response. We are a water restoration company that specializes in water damage mold in Metro Denver, Colorado.
We offer immediate response service 24 hours a day. There is always someone available to answer your call.
Ready to get rid of your mold problem? Contact us today either online or by phone at (303) 239-1416.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]