Mold can grow in any part of your home that is constantly exposed to humid conditions. Basements, crawlspaces, refrigerator drip pans, cracks in walls and on the floor, drywalls, and rooms that are not well ventilated are some of the areas in which you can find mold.
Mold can accumulate and cause significant damage to your house. Additionally, mold is associated with various health risks including worsening asthma, nasal and sinus congestion, chest problems, and allergies. To avoid these problems, you need to carry out mold inspections regularly. It is even more important to conduct a mold inspection if you notice any of the following signs.
- Musty odor
The growth of mold is associated with a musty odor. Musty odor takes time to develop and is caused by mold and damp conditions. If some places such as rooms, the basement, or the crawlspace start having a musty smell, this is a sign of the growth of mold in these places. A mold inspection exercise will help determine the exact areas where the mold is located.
- Health symptoms that are associated with mold
The growth of mold and the concomitant musty odor is associated with several health problems. Some types of mold have mycotoxins, which affect the skin and cause many other health problems. If you start experiencing problems such as skin inflammation, chest problems, respiratory problems, eye and nose irritation, and others, it is likely that your home has mold and needs to be inspected.
- Visible growth of mold
Evidence of the growth of mold can be seen in places such as basement and foundation walls, drywalls, ceiling tiles, carpet padding, floors, and other areas. While it is often difficult to spot the growth of mold, signs such as discoloration and water stains can suggest that mold is growing. Where the mold is plainly visible, you will see a white, black or green substance.
- Cracks in the basement
Cracks in the basement are one of the points through which water seeps into the basement. Therefore, the presence of cracks may lead to high humidity in the basement as water and moisture seep in. As noted above, humid conditions are ideal for the growth of mold.
- Water leaks
Water leaks can occur as a result of faulty plumbing systems. When water leaks, it can make walls and floors wet or humid, leading to the growth of mold.
- Past flooding
The growth of mold is common in areas that have experienced flooding. Therefore, floors and walls of places that have experienced flooding are likely to have mold.
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