4 Signs of Mold in Your Home
Mold is out in full force. Humidity has been high, and storms have dumped drenching rains, causing major flooding (both indoors and outdoors). Plus, high winds and power outages may have caused leaks, sump pump failures, flooded basements, and other issues. These are some of the contributing factors to mold growth and poor indoor air quality. Problem is, we often don’t realize the extent of the damage until days or weeks after the storm or event, and a musty order usually signals the problem. That’s when you know that mold growth has really kicked in. Mold should be taken seriously, as it can cause structural damage, poor indoor air quality, and health issues.
Look for these 4 signs of mold in your home.
1. Visible Mold
If you see mold, then you clearly have a mold issue. If you see water stains, you probably have a mold issue as well. The question then becomes how big is the problem? Because mold is often hidden, growing on the back sides of walls and sheetrock, and under carpets and floorboards, the only way to be sure is to have a mold inspection performed by a certified professional.
2. Musty Odor
Musty odors usually point to mold, and mold causes poor indoor air quality. RTK can test to see where the odor is coming from so that you can remediate with confidence, and don’t miss any hidden sources or spots. Summer months are particularly prone to mold growth as high humidity and heat accelerate the proliferation of this fungus.
3. Unexplained Health Symptoms
If you are having physical symptoms such as itchy eyes, cough or wheezing that occur in one location of the premises that clear up when you are elsewhere, it’s a sure bet that the location is harboring mold. If you have any of the following unexplained symptoms, they may be caused by MOLD EXPOSURE and poor indoor air quality. In that case, you should have a mold and indoor air quality test.
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Itchy eyes, nose and throat
- Cough and postnasal drip
- Watery eyes
4. Structural Damage
If a storm caused a leak from your foundation, walls, or your roof into your basement, mold is sure to follow. A mold colony can grow within 24 – 48 hours. So, it’s important to test for mold, because when the next storm hits the structural issue that allowed water intrusion will likely occur again if it is not repaired. Mold tends to hide behind walls and under floors, so you may not see the problem. But left unchecked, mold can eat away at wood structure, floorboards, and sheetrock, leaving them susceptible to decay.
Tip: Avoid Mold Removal Scams
Never hire a company that does both mold testing and mold remediation. Why? It is a clear conflict of interest. Often, unscrupulous companies will embellish a mold problem or offer testing on the cheap in hopes of making money on the remediation to follow. But at RTK, we only test for mold and do not remediate, so there is no conflict of interest. Once we have tested your premises, we provide you with a blueprint for mold removal, and you can hire the remediation company of your choice.
If you had flooding or a water intrusion from a storm and think you may have mold, call and schedule a test today at 800.392.6468.