Updated: Feb 22, 2019
The appearance of mold is fairly obvious. The visible signs of black or green spotted patches growing on your ceiling, walls, or floors, are definitely indications that you have mold. But, what may be questionable is the type of mold you have and to what degree it is affecting the area in which it was located. There are several types of mold and depending on what type you have, will determine the treatment necessary in destroying it for good. Because it can be somewhat tricky in determining the next step, sometimes the best solution is calling in the mold experts. Here, we have listed 4 signs that indicate you should schedule a mold inspection.
#1 Musty Odors
Needless to say musty odors are unpleasant and quite typical in damp areas. If you encounter musty smells even after thorough cleanings, it is very likely you have mold growing in areas undetectable to the naked eye. The potency of musty odors may fluctuate, but when the stench is at its strongest, that is an indication that the mold is breeding and off-putting noxious gases. In any event, if musty smells are present, contact a professional to accurately assess the issue.
#2 Visible Mold Growth
At any time you find mold growing on surfaces, schedule an inspection for a detailed assessment. A mold inspector in your area will have the necessary training and skill to identify the type of mold you have and detect where its growth is originating.
#3 Sudden Illness Among Family Members
Mold can cause the onset of many different illnesses ranging from allergic reactions such as breathing difficulty, irritated eyes, throat, or nose, and even pneumonia-like symptoms or heart issues. Mold affects people differently, depending on age, health, and the type of mold present. If you notice a sudden change in the health of family members, contact a mold specialist to rule out dangers.
#4 High Humidity or Standing Water
Standing water makes a prime breeding ground for mold. Whenever you see standing water on surfaces including floors or countertops, clean them up immediately. It is not uncommon for water to accumulate underneath carpets, tiles, or upholstery without you being aware. Anywhere moisture is prevalent, the likelihood for mold is increased. Therefore, if you have leaky pipes or notice standing water anywhere, regardless of the amount of accumulation, get the issue addressed immediately.
Mold should never be left untreated. Because it is a fungi, it can rapidly spread and since it breed in warm, moist areas, it could cause major damage in areas that you don’t typically look at. For example, if it has infested the structure of your home or business, proper care must be taken in order to prevent further spreading. Mold thrives in dark areas such as foundations, corners of basements, within the walls of your home, and more. Not only is mold a visible nuisance when it shows up, but it has the potential to pose several health issues, both major and minor.
If you find mold or suspect you may have a mold problem, don’t hesitate to schedule a residential mold inspection. Upon the completion of the inspection, you will be advised of the necessity of mold remediation. If you have further questions, call Albany Mold