Did you know there are at least 100,000 different types of mold? Many common household problems are from mold in your house, too.
It’s not afraid to make itself at home, right there in our showers. The same goes for our carpets, kitchens, ceilings, and basement.
Would you like to learn more about mold in your home and how it develops? Here’s how to check for signs of molds.
1. Something Smelly
Mold won’t catch your eye at first. We might brush it off as a strange color that appears to be from wear over time. Mold has a musty smell. So, if you think something smells strange, you should check it out.
If you have allergies, then you can probably catch scents easily. Mold can also cause allergies. Word of caution: if you end up inhaling the smell for a while, you need to step outside.
2. Constant Sickness
Mold can also cause sickness. One of the prominent signs of mold is coughing. This can be tricky to tell, especially since coughing is a normal bodily function.
This becomes even trickier if you or someone else is a smoker. You might be so used to coughing that you can’t tell molds is the root cause.
Inhalation of mold can cause respiratory problems, such as asthma. If you develop sinus infections easily, mold may be the culprit.
3. Bubbly Walls
There are many factors that can cause walls to discolor over time, and mold can be a huge factor.
If you noticed your walls looking more bubbly than usual, examine each wall (with protective gear for safety measures).
While many things can rust over time, mold is a significant factor if you’ve noticed more rust than usual.
Rust can appear anywhere in your home, from the roof, to the ceilings, to the pipes.
5. Water Leakage
Any kind of dampness can contribute to mold, even if they’re small droplets. If you notice strange smells and a damp area around, don’t be afraid to check it out.
You can save your walls (and yourself) a lot of heartache. If you suspect a serious sign of mold, please reach out to us; we can help.
Are All Molds Hazardous?
When it comes to figuring out what kind of mold is lurking in your home, it’s important to pay attention to color and toxicity. How do we know which molds are toxic?
Black mold can be intimidating, but not all black mold is toxic. That doesn’t mean you should let mold wander into your home, though. While some black mold isn’t toxic, it can cause allergies.
For example, Nigrospora is a non-toxic black-colored mold. There’s no evidence suggesting it’s toxic to humans. Also, Cladosporium is the most common black mold and has no toxic effects.
Other molds include Alternaria, Aureobasidium, Dresclera, Pithomyces, Stemphylium, and Ulocladium. Alternaria is known to cause critical allergy reactions.
Black Toxic Mold
Stachybotrys Chartarum is a black, sometimes dark green, toxic mold that is found in attics. This mold releases mold spores that can enter our lungs.
Mold that has mycotoxins is toxic. Mycotoxins are fungi components that can be found in our food. Poor ventilation tends to cause these growths.
Other than water leakage, another cause can be humidity.
Keep in mind that mold development isn’t immediate. It happens over time as moisture becomes stagnant. Blocked attics can trigger mold as well.
Mold In Your House: Enemy Intruders
Let’s face it. Mold found in our homes doesn’t have the decency to knock. It plays dirty and fools us into thinking it’s a harmless sighting.
Luckily, getting rid of mold doesn’t have to be difficult. Take a sneak peek at our tips and we can show you if you have mold in your house. Together, we can fight these intruders and show them who’s boss.