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How Do You Know If Mold is Growing in Your House?

No matter the season, in home activities can lead to increased moisture in your home and in turn the potential for mold growth. If you’re not sure why this should be concerning, we will look to shed some light on the potential concerns surrounding mold in your home. As well our experts have shared tips on how to know if mold is growing in your house and why proper mold removal is important for the health of your family and home.

 

What Causes Mold, and Why is it a Health Risk?

Mold spores are everywhere, and are usually invisible to the naked eye. There are multiple ways in which spores can enter your home, airborne spores can enter through open windows, doorways, and ventilation system. Spores can also attach to people and objects such as shoes, clothes, and pets.

In ideal conditions these mold spores can grow and thrive in your home. In most cases all that is needed is moisture and organic material for mold to begin spreading. Areas in your home that are prone to mold growth include but are not limited to:

  • Areas with hidden water leaks or recent flooding
  • Windows that have a constant buildup of condensation, or leaks around the frames
  • Rooms with poor air circulate
  • Cool, damp areas of your home, such as your basement

 

How To Tell If Mold is Growing in Your Home?

There are several ways to identify mold with in your home, these include:

 

1. Visual

Mold is not always visible, but when it is located in an area that you have visibility access, well, it is rather simple to spot mold growth. Mold usually appears thread-like or blotchy and can be white, black, gray-green, or gray-brown color. Taking a moment to look behind furniture, under stairs, throughout your basement and in any other dark potentially damp areas of your home will help you spot mold growth, hopefully before it becomes a major issue.

 

2. Smell

Not all molds produce a smell, but most molds do have a musty odor. So, if you notice a musty odor inside your home, it is a good idea to begin investigating its origin. If you can find where the smell is coming from, you may want to hire a mold removal specialist that can investigate using special instruments and techniques.

 

3.Leaks and Water Damage

Increased moisture in your home creates the perfect breeding ground for mold. If you notice any water stains, discoloration or peeling paint in your home, there is likely mold present as well.

 

4. You Experience Frequent Allergies and Health Issues

If hidden mold is growing in your home, you may notice that you have allergy-like symptoms that you didn’t have previously. If these symptoms improve when you are outside, this can be a clear indicator you have significant mold growth in your home. Some of the leading mold allergies symptoms are:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy throat
  • Runny nose
  • Sinus headaches
  • Trouble breathing
  • Watery eyes
  • Irritated skin

Mold growth in your home can lead to serious structural and health issues. If you notice one or more of the signs listed above, call United Water Restoration Group of Toronto today at 647-931-4203. Our highly trained technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you with your mold removal needs.

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