7 Warning Signs of Mold in Your Home

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7 Warning Signs of Mold in Your Home (and What to Do About It!)

Mold can have serious health consequences if not addressed quickly. Here are seven warning signs of mold in your home with advice on what to do about it.

According to statistics, roughly 45 million buildings in the US harbor unhealthy levels of mold.

If you have mold in your home, you need to take action immediately. Besides being fast-growing and hard to get rid of, mold can be a serious health risk. This is especially true if there are members of your household that suffer from respiratory issues.

Mold is also pretty destructive, destroying more wood each year than fire and termites combined.

What's more, mold can often grow unseen in hard-to-reach places in your home, silently developing into a large-scale infestation.

Fortunately, there are ways you can detect signs of mold and catch mold growth before it gets entirely out of hand.

Continue reading to find out the top 7 warning signs of mold in the home, as well as what steps to take to stop mold in its tracks.

1. A Musty Smell

One of the first signs of mold is often that unique "musty" damp odor that mold gives off. If you're starting to get whiffs of this around your home, there's a good chance you have mold issue that needs to be investigated.

Try to track down the location of the musty smell and see if you can spot any visible signs of mold.

Some of the most common spots for mold growth in Colorado are attics, foundations, crawl spaces, basements, and plumbing areas.

2. Water Stains

Mold requires damp, moist conditions to grow. Water stains and marks can indicate that you have a plumbing leak or a roof leak. Water stains could also be caused by things like a leaking shower basin. Whatever the cause, a water leak or damp area in your home is sure to start breeding mold at some point, even in Colorado's dryer conditions. Check out this guide on how to prevent mold growth after water damage.

3. Visible Mold

If you can see mold in your home, this could be a sign of a pretty bad mold infestation. When you start to see mold, it usually means there is more mold that is not visible. Typically, mold likes to grow in dark, out-of-the-way places that don't see a lot of sunlight or ventilation, such as attics, basements, and crawl spaces. (In or around your washing machine is another place to watch carefully.)

Colorado enjoys low humidity, which is great for combating mold. However, things like leaking pipes, a roof leak, or a wet, leaky, basement can raise humidity levels enough for visible mold growth to appear. During the rainy and snow seasons where we see more moisture, mold can take hold quickly.

Some of the more visible places you might see mold are on bathroom ceilings, in closets, underneath windows, or on shower tile grout lines.

4. Black or White Spots in Your Clothing

Have you been noticing black or white spots on your clothes when you take them out of the closet? This is another sign you potentially have mold in your home.

There are many different types of mold that commonly occur in homes, and the mold/mildew that grows on fabric and in clothes is one of them.

Not only can mold discolor your clothes, but it can make them smell bad. Mold in your clothing is also a sure indication that conditions in your home are ripe for all kinds of mold growth.

5. Mildew on Furniture

One of the signs of household mold that's pretty easy to spot is mildew on furniture.

The best places to check for mildew on furniture are on the backs, sides, and underneath of items. In other words, anywhere that you aren't likely to rub it off through use.

6. Bubbling Paint and Warping Walls

Another of the common signs of mold growing in your home is bubbling paint and warping walls. Bubbling, warping walls and paint are usually caused by dampness within the wall structure.

Almost all types of household mold need moisture to thrive, and when an area becomes damp spores will move in, take up residence, and begin growing and reproducing.

7. Allergies and Respiratory Issues

Have your allergies been flaring up? According to reports, roughly 25% of people who have allergies are also allergic to mold.

Besides exacerbating allergy symptoms, mold can also cause and aggravate a variety of other health issues. These include respiratory issues and asthma, nausea, body aches, joint pain, and more.

Oftentimes it can be hard to definitely link a health issue to something like mold. However, mold spores are toxic to the human body, so the faster you clear your home of mold, the better for you and your family.

What to Do if You Find Signs of Mold in Your Home

Have you spotted one of the above signs of mold in your home? If you have, the next step is to stop the mold from spreading and to eradicate the mold you have.

If you're wondering how to get rid of mold, there are two main courses of action. DIY mold removal, or professional mold remediation.

If you have a very small patch of mold in your home you can try to remove it by applying things like vinegar and baking soda. However, you will need to be very careful not to disturb the mold spores and spread them into the air. They can spread around your home and create new mold infestations.

Therefore, if you're dealing with a large area of mold (or aren't sure of the extent of the mold infestation) it's best to call in a mold remediation company to evaluate the situation. After this, you can book a mold remediation service and their team will contain the area with things like air scrubbers, and eradicate the mold using professional methods.

How Bactronix Can Help

If you need mold remediation done in Colorado, Bactronix can rid your home of mold long-term. We do comprehensive testing and inspections and cover every area of your home from your attic to your basement and outside areas.

Once we have determined the extent of the mold, we will carry out thorough mold remediation that will get you long-term results.

We also have a large local network of professionals to help with both your renovation and remediation needs.

Do You Need Mold Remediation?

Are you starting to see signs of mold in your home? Whether it's a persistent musty smell, visible mold growth, mildew on clothes and furniture, or an unexplained uptick in any allergy symptoms, these are all indications that you might have mold in your home.

Also, if you see any water stains, or have had flooding or leaks in your home, this can be a sure-fire mold trigger.

If you think that you have mold in your home, the time to act is now. And the best way to get it cleared out for good is by calling in the experts.

One of our areas of specialty is mold remediation. If you're wondering what to do if you find mold in your home in Colorado, we are here to help.

Our mold remediation services focus on containment, safety, complete eradication, and long-term results. We are so confident in our methods that we provide a 1-year guarantee against mold recurrence.

Contact us today to receive a free consultation.

Trust Bactronix of Colorado to take care of your disinfecting and mold remediation. Call us today to schedule an assessment!


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