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Warning Signs that Your Home has a Mold Problem

If you have a home, there is a good chance mold will be present at one time or another.  Mold grows in houses where there is significant moisture. Low levels of mold poses no significant problems if a home is cleaned regularly. However, an elevated level of mold can cause serious issues. To help protect yourself and your dwelling, here are the warning signs that your home has a mold problem.

Strange Odor

Mold has a foul and musty smell. If you detect this odor in any area of your home, check for a moisture problem.

Discolored Patches

Mold can come in black, brown, orange, pink or green patches. If you notice these colored specks in your home, check for water in and around the area.

Health Issues

Allergy-like symptoms are an indication that mold might be present in your home.  These symptoms include sneezing, congestion, watery eyes, breathing difficulties, headaches, and skin irritation.  You may experience one or multiple symptoms. 

Defective Wood or Vinyl Siding

If you have cracked wood or deficient siding outside of your home, it is probably allowing water to leak in.  Mold can grow on wood and spread easily.

Flooding

If you recently had a flood in your home, mold is likely to occur. This is due to the enormous amount of moisture and humidity from standing water. 

Poor Drainage

Inadequate drainage around your home can contribute to a level of humidity that leads to the growth of mold. Make sure drainage pipes are properly installed.

Peeling Paint

Moisture will cause paint to peel.  If you notice your walls are stripping, there is a possible mold problem.

Water Stains

Water leaking into the home will cause a stain to form in areas such as ceilings and floors. If you've had a spot for a long period of time, it is an indicator that mold is growing.

What Should You Do If You Find Mold in Your Home?

You must find the cause of the moisture in your home. Once the problem is located, have it corrected immediately and the mold removed.  Depending on the amount of mold, you may get rid of it yourself or hire a professional

To avoid a mold problem in the future, perform regular check-ups throughout your home where moisture is most likely to be.  These places include water heaters, appliance hoses, drain lines, showers, tubs, toilets, sinks, pipes, windows, doors, an attic, and roofs.  Also make sure your home is properly ventilated.