Mold in your home is no joking business. Although hundreds of mold species exist in the natural world that are not toxic to humans, many species of mold can be pathogenic or toxic. Pathogenic mold is especially threatening to those with weaker immunity, while toxic mold is just plain toxic to everybody. If you suspect mold in or around your home, take a look at the most common causes for mold and the signs that will signal them out.
Mold grows best in warm, dark, moist conditions. This means that your crawl space, bathrooms, kitchen, attic, and perhaps even basement are areas where they would most likely grow, although it is also possible for mold to form inside walls. In light of the conditions needing to be right, moisture is your number one enemy. Especially if your home experiences heavy rainfall, flooding, or a leak, mold may be forming right up your alley—literally.
Mold also needs a food source. Wood, fabric, insulation, and drywall are all good options for mold spores to feast on. Therefore, if you sense mold, one of the first places to look are the spots that offer the best conditions for mold growth.
Besides knowing where mold likes to grow best, a quicker way to find the source is through the senses. If mold is visible, safely remove it or call a mold remediation company as soon as possible. Mold can spread quickly if left alone.
Another way to find out mold is through your nose. Mold gives off a musty smell, and in some cases, a putrid, chemical smell. Let your sense of smell accurately guide you to the source.
In worse cases, mold will manifest itself to you through your body’s allergic reactions. Mold, especially black mold, can cause sneezing, coughing, nausea, vertigo, and vomiting.
Other signs can include if there’s a spike in your water bill. That may mean that there is a leak somewhere in the house. Condensation can mean excessive moisture in your home, and pests can imply house damage that allows excess moisture or water to come through.
Prevention and Remediation
The best way to keep your home mold-free is to keep your home well-ventilated and avoid pockets of high moisture around the house. Run fans and a dehumidifier in the center of the home or in targeted locations. If you suspect mold in your home, call Air Quality Remediation today!
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