Because mold damages property and is bad for your health, homeowners have good reason to be concerned about mold growth. By knowing the signs of mold in your home, you’ll be better prepared to take action and keep your home cleaner and healthier.
1. Visible Water Damage Spots
When water remains on surfaces like wood, carpeting, and drywall, it absorbs into the surface and leaves behind signs of damage. Mold prefers to grow in areas that are moist and dark.
Water damage indicates that the area is or was moist and that conditions were conducive for mold to grow. With this in mind, any areas with water damage deserve a closer look for mold.
2. Areas with Black Growth
If you notice areas of black mold growth in your home, proceed cautiously. These areas may be found when you are cleaning in places like the cabinet under your kitchen sink or around your shower. You may notice black areas when you are remodeling or renovating.
While mold comes in many colors depending on the species, black mold should be handled carefully to avoid illness and to keep it from spreading and contaminating other areas in the home.
3. Health Symptoms From Mold In the Home
Some people have a natural allergy to mold. Others react only when exposed to black mold. Any unexplained symptoms that mimic those of mold exposure should be investigated, especially if they are persistent and worsen when you are at home. These include headaches, fatigue, fever, rashes, coughing, and sneezing.
Mold can grow rapidly and cause property damage and health symptoms. Learn more about this possible hazard and watch for signs of mold in your home to keep your family and property safe.