Determining if you are dealing with mold growth in your home is essential to keep your home safe and your family healthy. Read on for some common signs of mold.
What to Expect from Mold Growth In Your Home
Exposure to mold growth in your home can cause physical symptoms and mold can also damage your home’s structure. A small area of growth that is not dealt with can quickly spread. If you are wondering if you should be concerned about mold growth in your home, look for these solid indicators.
1. Visible Water Damage
One of the reasons why mold growth in your home is such a significant concern is because it can grow on almost any surface under the right conditions. Mold thrives in dark, moist areas, and this type of environment is common in areas that have experienced water damage. Keep in mind that just because you cannot see mold does not mean that it is not present. For example, you may see a water-damaged patch of drywall with no black spots, but mold may be growing underneath the drywall on the studs. Any areas with water damage deserve a closer look.
2. Black Splotches
While various colors of mold can grow in your home, the most toxic form of mold is black. Some mold may grow on top of exposed surfaces, such as on drywall in the laundry room. However, it can grow more heavily underneath the visible surfaces. Therefore, even a small splotch of black growth should be addressed carefully. Black mold should be removed by professionals using proper techniques to prevent the spread of mold spores to other areas of the home.
3. Unexplained and Lingering Health Symptoms
The symptoms of exposure to mold in your home are often confused with other health conditions, such as a cold, allergies, and the flu. Mold exposure symptoms include coughing, sneezing, fever, rash, headaches, fatigue, and more. If you have been suffering from some or all of these symptoms and if they seem to worsen when you are at home, you may have mold growth in your home.
Pay attention to these signs of mold growth in your home and call a professional if you have cause for concern.
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