Molds are types of fungi that can grow indoors or outdoors, usually located in damp or warm climates. The most common types of household molds might be found around bathrooms, drywall, basements, carpet, wallpaper, under sinks, and around your pipes. Mold in the home is unhealthy and can cause minor or even serious health problems if not removed, but many people don’t realize they have a mold problem because they don’t know what to look for.
Here are the top 10 signs of a possible mold problem
Have you had recent water damage?
Water damage from leaky or burst pipes can lead to mold, as moisture creates an ideal environment for mold spores to thrive.
Has your home has experienced any flooding in the past, if yes, then it’s very likely that you have some form of mold growth.
High humidity can produce condensation and excess water, providing an ample food source for mold.
A lot of condensation means that there is a lot of moisture and there could potentially be a mold problem.
Drywall and wood can warp if moisture is present and may mean a mold problem is present.
Moisture issues can lead to paint chipping, wallpaper peeling, and other materials deteriorating.
Do you smell a musty or moldy odor in your home? The worse the smell the higher the possibility of mold growing in that location.
Visible signs of mold growth
Some molds might appear white, other molds can appear in patches of small back spots. Mold might be gray, brown, black, gray/green, or white. Mold that grows behind vinyl and wallpaper might be orange, pink, or purple.
Do you suffer symptoms of mold exposure, such as itchy, watery eyes, sore throat, sneezing or headaches.
Musty smelling clothes in your washer
if you wash a load of laundry and leave it sit overnight, it will most likely smell a little musty but that is normal. But if this happens after only a few hours, there could be a a problem.
Mold in your home or even business can cause severe damage to your property and/or health. Many people do not appear to be affected by everyday exposure to mold. However, people who have allergies, asthma or a weakened immune system may be more at risk. If you suspect your house has mold, contact a professional mold remediation company immediately. First Choice Restoration offers safe and affordable mold inspection and mold removal services throughout Philadelphia Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Common Mold Types
- Stachybotrys (Black Mold)
Black mold is one of the most dangerous types of mold around. Typically, this is the only type of mold you should be concerned with. Stachybotrys produces mycotoxins or poisonous chemicals. Exposure can come from skin contact, inhalation or ingestion and can be fatal to humans and animals. Removal and disposal of affected property materials must be done by certified mold remediation professionals.