ldld growth in your home or business is an unsightly, un
sanitary problem that should be dealt
with as soon as possible. Once mold spores settle in, all
it takes is a little dampness and the right
temperature for them to start spreading. Check for these s
igns of mold to determine if you need
professional mold remediation.
Do You See Discoloration?
Mold grows in a wide range of colors. Look for patches of
white, yellow, orange, red, purple,
blue or black on walls and ceilings. Very large patches of green-
black mold are cause for
concern as these may be caused by Stachybotrys chartarum
spores, also known as toxic mold or
black mold. If you
re not sure whether a discolored patch is actually mold, put
a few drops of
bleach on the area and see if the color disappears. If i
t does, it
s most likely mold growth.
Is There a Funny Smell?
The musty, earthy odor that lingers in old homes and damp bas
ements is a sure sign of mold.
Detecting this odor in your home or business building, especia
lly near areas where water tends to
collect, is a good indicator that you have a problem. An
odor without visual evidence of mold
may point to growth inside walls or in other hidden parts of t
Do You Have Water Problems?
Areas that are constantly wet or damp provide a breeding gro
und for mold. Leaky pipes,
previous water damage, flooding or cracks in a building
s foundation that let water in all give
mold a prime place to grow. Keep an eye out for warping wood or b
uckling ceilings, both of
which may indicate water leaks. Have any leaks that you do f
ind repaired immediately.
Are You Experiencing Symptoms?
Mold can cause or exacerbate allergy symptoms in many
individuals. Sneezing, itchy or sore
eyes, a runny nose and congestion are all common symptom
s of mold allergies. Symptoms that
get worse when you
re at home or at your business location may mean that m
old is present. If
you experience more serious symptoms such as unexplained hea
daches, problems concentrating,
memory loss or dizziness, seek medical help. These could
be signs of a reaction to toxic mold.
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