Mold: we hate it on our food, but we sometimes let it thrive for years within our homes without knowing it’s a problem. Many people aren’t aware of the common signs of household mold. While it lies hidden in crawl spaces, attics, and in between walls, mold causes a number of health problems, including:
- Colds, nasal problems, and “stuffiness”
- Throat irritation (persistent coughs and wheezing)
- Skin problems/irritation (rashes, itching, etc.)
The symptoms diminish the quality of life in your home. Below are some common signs of household mold, for which you should seek professional mold remediation services:
Common Signs of Household Mold: How to Tell When You Have a Mold Problem
There are nearly countless varieties of mold that can grow in your home, but they usually present the same problems and warning signs. Here are a few you should be on the lookout for:
Moldy Smells: The Nose Knows
One of the first common signs of household mold is the distinctive, musty mold smell. Those with superior olfactory perception (a good nose) can usually tell which rooms in the home contain this smell more prominently–usually the culprits of the various types of household mold.
Often times, the smell is worsened when the home’s air-conditioning unit or heater is turned on. This is, naturally, a sign that the mold problem is contained within the ducts and pipes of the HVAC system itself. Don’t fret: these problems are often easier to deal with than mold growing within the walls of the home.
Visible Mold: A Blessing in Disguise
The common signs of household mold aren’t always easy to recognize; while the blue/green mold on, say, a loaf of bread are unmistakable, household mold can grow in many areas–especially in bathrooms, around grout and tiling. This type of mold can be black, grayish, or in particularly bad cases, green.
Visible mold, while an eyesore and potential illness-driving menace, is actually somewhat of a blessing in disguise: it helps you recognize the problem before it takes hold of the entire home.
After a long enough time untreated, mold growing in the walls will eventually show through on one or both sides. Those with asthma and other breathing conditions should always be on the lookout for spotting and discoloration on the walls of their residence–one of the most common signs of household mold.
It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity
Household humidity (the amount of water in the home’s air) can lead to, or worsen household mold. When water condenses and accumulates for a long period of time, mold is almost certain to follow.
Humid areas near water, especially coastal regions, are susceptible to mold in this fashion. In general, those homes located in areas with over 60% humidity should be especially wary of mold risks year-round.
Is Your Basement Damp?
Your basement is likely one of your home’s least-visited areas, but one of the most common breeding grounds for household mold. If you’ve had flooding or even water leakage, you owe it to your lungs, sinuses, and property value to check your basement for signs of mold including discoloration/stains, smell, and chipping paint.
Mold in your home will hamper your overall quality of life and your property value. If you notice discoloration, a dank smell, or other common signs of household mold within your place of residence, you owe it to yourself to hire a professional to inspect and assess your situation. Sanitize Solutions provides mold and odor services to the Greater Des Moines area. Call us at (515) 778-8975 to discuss what we can do to help make your home safe and healthy!