Signs You Have Mold in Your Home
Did you know that mold is a common problem inside many houses? According to the CDC, mold exposure can cause a host — in many cases, humans! — health problems ranging from allergic reactions to chronic lung illnesses or infections. Not only can mold be detrimental to your health, but it can also cause severe structural damage to your home.
But how can you tell if your home has mold? The best thing you can do if you suspect or know mold is in your home is to address the issue right away before it becomes a bigger problem, such as harming your health or house.
Signs of Mold
Here are some signs that mold might be in your home:
1. Visible Spores
Of course, the most obvious way to determine if your home has mold is if you can see mold spores. The downside here is if you can see the spores, you may have a big problem on your hands.
2. Unexplained Health Problems
According to experts, about 28% of Americans have genes that make them susceptible to mold-related health problems. If you have unexplainable health issues, you may have been exposed to mold. Here are some common symptoms for those exposed to mold:
- Runny or congested nose
- Chronic cough, wheezing, or shortness of breath
- Rashes on your skin
- Frequent, worsening headaches
- Sore, scratchy throat
- Watery, itchy, or red eyes
- Asthma flare-up
3. Musty Smell Present
If you notice a moldy, musty smell, that could be a sign you have a mold problem. Even if you cannot see it, but you can smell it, mold is probably present. It can be tricky to pinpoint the smell of mold because different mold species have distinct odors. If you smell something unusual, it could be a sign of mold and is worth checking out.
4. History of Moisture or Water Collection
If your home has areas where water or moisture tends to collect, there could be mold there. It does not necessarily indicate that there is a mold problem, just that it is possible. Here are some signs that water is collecting in areas in your home:
- Stains or discoloration on your ceiling, walls, or floors
- Bubbling or peeling paint on walls or ceiling
- Squishy, bouncy, or soft spots in your hard flooring
5. Lots of Condensation in Your House
You know there is a lot of moisture in the air when you see a lot of condensation on your windows, metal pipes, or other glass items in your home. Mold can quickly grow in places where condensation builds up and in high-humidity areas. If your home has a humidity problem, you might also have a mold problem.
Contact Rapid Response Restoration
Unfortunately, mold does not get better with time. Once spores spread into the air, it is more challenging to capture them. As soon as you know, your house has mold, contact the experts at Rapid Response Restoration. Our primary concern is your health and safety. Call Rapid Response Restoration today for a free assessment.