Six Of The Most Common Indications That Mold Has Taken Root In A Home

Posted on: 10 April 2019

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Becoming aware of a mold issue in your home as soon as possible is important for remedying the situation quickly to minimize damage. 

Unfortunately, homeowners sometimes fail to notice mold signs quickly and wait too long to contact mold remediation services. The following are six of the most common indications that mold has taken root in a home that you should look out for to keep your home in the best shape:

Unpleasant musty odors in the air

A mold infestation often first becomes apparent due to strong odors in the home. Smelling the odor of mold can help you to detect mold presence before mold has become visible. Mold typically produces a musty, stale smell. You should have your home inspected for mold growth if you notice any unusual changes in the smell of interior air in your home. 

Visible growth of mold

Eventually, mold growth will become visible. If mold is growing out in the open on walls or inside cabinets, you will be able to see it as the infestation grows.

Mold can be a variety of different colors, including green, brown, yellow, or white. If you notice some residue on surfaces in your home, inspect it to make sure that it is mold. While mold can at first appear like dirt or soot on surfaces, it will grow over time until it is killed and removed.

Long-term moisture control issues

If you've had moisture leaking around your home for an extended period of time, you're probably going to get mold eventually. 

Inspect your home for water leaks from pipes or due to flooding. You should be on high alert for mold growth if you have moisture control problems anywhere in your home. 

Household residents having frequent allergic reactions

If anyone in your household has allergies, it's likely that these allergies are going to flare up once mold growth takes root in your home. Signs of mold-induced allergies include red eyes, runny noses, and sneezing. 

Rust developing on metal equipment

Rust developing on metal equipment pieces in your home indicates a moisture problem. Therefore, rust often presents itself at the same time as mold growth does. 

Drywall and other construction materials becoming warped

If you notice that wallpaper, drywall, or other materials on the surfaces of your walls and ceilings are warping, it's probably because they are being exposed to moisture. This is a sign that mold is likely to start growing or is already growing on these surfaces.