Do You Know What's Growing In Your Home? -- What You Need To Know About Discovering Mold

Mold can be a homeowners worst nightmare – and for good reason. It can cause a wide variety of health problems for your family and literally destroy your home. If you're concerned that you might have a mold problem in your home, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. In this article, learn the signs of a potential mold problem, when it's time to call a professional, and how to prevent it from growing in your home.

How to Tell if You Have a Mold Problem in Your Home

There are a number of warning signs that may indicate mold growth in your home, including:

  • A noticeable odor. Mold can grow inside the walls and other materials in your home and it may take some time to notice any odor. If the mold is growing in an enclosed area, like a laundry room or basement, it may be more noticeable and has a distinct, sweet, musty smell.
  • Excess moisture or water damage. Moisture and water damage can appear both on the interior and exterior of your home. If you notice standing water, water stains or wet spots, there is a potential for mold growth.
  • Health symptoms. If a family member begins to display health symptoms that can include: nasal congestion, coughing, wheezing or difficulty breathing, sore throat, irritated eyes or upper respiratory infections, you may have mold. If any member of the family has allergies or asthma, these issues can worsen when mold is present.
  • The appearance of mold. There are many types of mold. Mold can look like soft cotton, leather, velvet or have a granular appearance and grows in a variety of colors, including: white, brown, yellow, green and black.

If you notice any of these warning signs, you should investigate further or call in a professional to further determine the extent of mold growth in your home.

When to Call a Mold Remediation Specialist

Mold can be extremely difficult to remove. A thorough removal includes: repairing the source of the moisture that is causing the mold to grow, cleaning and/or removing all materials that contain mold and cleaning the heating, cooling and ventilation systems in your home to prevent mold spores from spreading throughout the house.

You should call a professional when:

  • You don't know the extent of the mold growth.
  • If the mold has become airborne or is found in many areas.
  • Mold comes back after being cleaned repeatedly.
  • Any member of the family suffers from allergies or asthma.
  • The home is very damp.

A mold remediation specialist can ensure that all the mold is removed from your home and prevent it from returning. Mold remediation may be covered by your homeowner's insurance, so you may want to contact your agent to file a claim.

How to Prevent Mold from Growing in Your Home

When maintaining your home, preventative measures always have the potential to save you money. To prevent mold from invading your home, consider the following:

  • Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners, especially if you live in very hot, humid climates.
  • Regularly empty air conditioner drip pans.
  • Insulate exterior walls, windows and floors to reduce condensation.
  • Dry wet areas thoroughly within 24 to 48 hours.
  • Have leaking pipes repaired promptly.
  • Vacuum and clean regularly.
  • Do not install carpet in bathrooms, which makes it harder to dry wet floors.
  • Make sure your clothes dryer is properly vented outside.

Reducing the amount of moisture and dampness in your home reduces the potential for mold growth.

Finding mold in your home can be disturbing, but being unaware of mold is a serious problem. Use the information in this article  to be aware of potential mold warning signs, to know when a mold remediation specialist like is needed and to prevent mold from growing whenever possible. Begin a mold check in your home today and you may save yourself a lot of trouble in the future.