The Truth About Mold: 3 Signs You Should Have A Creeping Suspicion That Something Is Growing In Your Home

Posted on: 18 September 2015

One of the biggest signs of water damage in the home is mold. Mold loves a hospitable spot to grow, and moisture provides that ideal environment. Unfortunately, when this environment is inside your home it can cause plenty of problems. Mold caused by water damage can destroy the paint, the wood, the insulation, and nearly anything else within the home. It can also cause problems like respiratory illness in the home's inhabitants. To avoid major mold problems, knowing how to spot it is essential. Here are the major signs that you may have a mold problem in the home.

Dirt-Like Specks

Mold can sometimes be mistaken for dirt because it often appears as specks on the walls or ceilings. These specks are usually black or brown, so they may look very much like dirt buildup. While those specks might be dirt, there is one simple way to verify it: Try to clean it. If the specks stick to the surface when you wipe, the odds are good that it's mold. The mold is typically, but not always, caused by some type of water damage or water exposure.

Some people assume that applying an industrial strength cleaner or scraping mold-infested paint off will remove a mold problem. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. Those little mold specks can signify a problem in areas that aren't visible, as well. Professional water damage repair is the best way to insure that the mold is gone for good. 

Unusual Odor

People refer to unpleasant smells as "moldy" for a reason. When there is an unusual - and unpleasant - odor in the home, mold may be the culprit. Prolonged exposure to water or moisture can often help mold bloom in areas that you might not be able to see...but you'll smell it. The odor may worsen when the weather is rainy, but it will usually be present at all times. Even if you can't see the mold, smelling it means that you need to call for help with mold remediation asap.

Condensation in the Home

While a bit of occasional condensation on windows may be normal, if you see large amounts of condensation it can be a sign that mold may be present. Condensation is a breeding pit for mold, so it is important to be aware of condensation patterns and watch for mold in those areas. The higher the humidity within the home is, the more likely that you'll see extra condensation and therefore extra mold. 

Wiping the condensation away may not be enough if the problem is a chronic one. If you find yourself wiping away condensation constantly instead of once in a blue moon, there may be a serious mold issue burgeoning. Call a water damage contractor to check it out before the mold tries to take over your home!