Mold can be damaging to your property and detrimental to your family’s health. To boost wellness in the home, you need to know what to look for. Here are a few common signs of mold growth in your home.

Visible Signs of Mold Growth

Mold thrives in damp places with little airflow and light, such as under sinks, in corners, and crawlspaces. Mold has a splotchy appearance and can vary in color from light green to dark black, with a furry or fuzzy texture.

If you notice visible mold growth in your home, wear a mask during removal as you will be disturbing mold spores which will then be airborne.

A Musty or Damp Smell

Although you may not be able to see mold, one of the main signs is a musty odor. Mold can be odorless; however, it may have a damp, woodsy smell. The odor often depends on the severity of the mold growth. Many homeowners spot visible mold or notice health-related symptoms before detecting a smell.

If you suspect an odor in your home is a sign of mold growth, a mold professional can help locate the cause and eliminate the moisture.

Health Issues are Signs of Mold Growth

Symptoms that feel like a never-ending flu or persistent allergies may be signs of mold growth in your home. Although many people don’t show symptoms of mold exposure, it can cause health issues, especially for young children or people with compromised immune systems. Below are a few symptoms sometimes caused by mold in the home.

  • Coughing
  • Irritated or itchy eyes
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing

If you or someone in your home are exhibiting symptoms of mold exposure, testing your home for mold can help you find solutions.

Water Damage

Water damage and leaks lead to damp and humid environments conducive to mold growth. Immediately repair plumbing leaks and hire a remediation company after suffering flood damage. Wet areas support the development of mold in as few as 24 hours. Common signs of plumbing leaks or water damage are listed below.

  • Bubbling or cracking paint on your walls
  • Uneven attic insulation
  • Puddles
  • Discoloration on walls or ceilings
  • Wood rot
  • Unexplained increase in utility bills

If you notice water damage in your home, take care of the problem as quickly as possible. In many cases where there is moisture, there is mold.

Be on the lookout for signs of mold to stay healthy and protect your home. Call a remediation professional to find and eliminate the problem.

Imperial Inspection Services provides inspection services, including mold testing, in Central Iowa. Contact us to request an appointment.