Signs You Have Mold Growing In Your Home
An infestation of mold is dangerous to the health of you, your family, and any visitors who come into your home. Watch for these warning signs of mold growth so that you can protect those whom you care about.
Visible Mold -
This seems obvious, but if you can see the mold, you need to take care of it immediately. If the mold is visible, that means that the conditions of that area of your house are ripe for mold to grow. The mold will only grow larger if not treated. Also, even if the area of visible mold is small, the non-visible mold may be much more significant. Mold may appear to be white and thready, black clusters, grayish-brown or green, or even an orange/pink/purple color if it is located behind vinyl wallpaper.
Water Problem Areas -
Moisture and humidity are conditions that mold loves. Areas with water stains, discoloration, peeling, bubbling, or warping in areas where mold is likely to be found. Excess condensation can be seen on pipes and windows when an area is full of moisture. A dehumidifier is a good solution for areas where moisture is excessive to help lessen the likeliness of mold growth. Leaky pipes are also areas where mold is likely to grow as the constant saturation of the flooring and walls are ideal conditions for mold growth. Even if the leak is visible and mold is not, mold may still be growing inside walls or underneath flooring.
Your body is likely having symptoms if mold is growing inside your home. Exposure to toxic mold can cause mental effects like headaches, trouble concentrating, memory loss, and dizziness. Non-toxic mold causes allergic symptoms and can trigger asthma attacks in children.
Even if mold is not visible, check for areas with conditions ripe for mold growth once you notice any symptoms in yourself or others living in your home.
Removing Mold -
Once you locate the mold, the next step is immediate removal. Mix one cup of bleach to one gallon of water and scrub the infected area until clean. If the mold is not accessible, hire a professional to help you with removal.
Deterring Growth -
Do your best to keep all areas of your home dry. When spills and leaks occur, take care to dry the area and fix the problem as soon as possible. Use mold-resistant materials when remodeling your home, and keep dehumidifiers handy for troublesome areas.
If you find that you have mold growth in your home, give Handyman House Techs a call. Handyman House Techs provides professional and reliable home improvement and repair services, including lighting and electrical upgrades. No job is too small or big. We are located in Gulfport, MS. If you need some extra help around your home, give us a call for a free, no obligation quote at (228) 297-0063 or visit us on our website www.handymanhousetechs.com!
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