With the holidays fast approaching, you might be expecting more traffic in your house than normal. If you plan on hosting family and friends for the holidays, the last thing you want is for a guest to spot mold growing in your home.
Not only can mold be embarrassing, it can cause major health problems to those who are allergic. However, we have some tips to help you know the signs of mold growth.
Let’s get started.
Finding Mold Growth
Mold is a sneaky little pest and can often go unnoticed for extended periods of time because it commonly grows in spaces not visible to you in everyday life. For example, if your refrigerator has a small leak from the ice machine, it creates a perfect environment for mold.
How often do you move your refrigerator out from the wall?
My guess is not often.
This means mold can go undetected for weeks and, the bad news is, it can grow fast.
First on our list of spot checking for mold is the obvious: leaks.
If you’ve had any leaks, big or small, in recent history there’s a chance you have mold. Do a thorough check of the area to check for any remaining moisture. If the area wasn’t dried completely, this boosts the chances for mold growth.
Look in areas where there’s a source of water. This means your faucets and pipes. Don’t forget the often overlooked laundry room. Your washer and dryer create the perfect combination of moisture and humidity which mold loves. Pull your washer and dryer away from the wall and look behind them to see any signs of mold.
Have you noticed if the windows in your home become fogged up regularly?
This is a sign the ventilation in your home isn’t up to par. A good ventilation system circulates the air throughout your home. It transports stale air to the outdoors while bringing fresh air inside. This constant movement helps keep mold at bay. If you’ve noticed your windows fog up or if the mirrors in your bathroom fog up even with a fan running, your ventilation needs some help.
Poor ventilation is a huge contributor to mold growth and you will need to get this fixed. Otherwise, you’ll be fighting an ongoing battle with moisture which will only perpetuate the mold growth.
If you’re allergic to mold, it can wreak havoc on your health. The symptoms of mold sickness can vary from mild to very severe. If you or your family have experienced relentless runny noses, scratchy throats and itchy eyes with no relief from allergy medicine, you might be allergic to mold.
Because many of the symptoms of mold sickness are so similar to that of hay fever or the common cold, it’s harder to diagnose. If you experience this and also notice some of the other signs of mold growth that we’ve mentioned here, it’s a good idea to have your house inspected for mold.
Professional Mold Inspection
Mold growth can be scary but we’re here to help. If you believe you have a mold problem in your house, we can help you sort out the next steps. Our team of dedicated and knowledgeable mold removal specialists will devise a plan that works specifically with your timeline and budget. Contact us today!