To think that your house is free from mold is not realistic. Every house has some amount of mold because it is impossible to keep mold spores from moving into the environment in which you live. Now, just because you can’t keep mold out of your house, does not mean that your house has a mold issue. The difference between inevitable mold and problematic mold is the severity of the mold growth. The first step of identifying mold as an issue in your house is to determine the magnitude of its development.
The best ways of identifying mold growth severity are to:
It is important to make sure that any potential causes for mold in your home are identified and addressed. The biggest source of fuel for mold growth is moisture. Therefore if you have an area in your house that is particularly susceptible to moisture buildup or you have experienced flooding or leaking, it could be likely that the mold spores in your home have found an area on which to grow and multiply.
Additionally, mold mold loves cellulose material (think paper) and feeds on wood, cardboard, fabric, and drywall among other things. Therefore, mold growth is possible even without flooding or leaking. This is why it is not wise to consider your home mold free just because you haven’t experienced water damage. Stay vigilant and look for signs of mold growth on materials that mold commonly likes to live on.
Perhaps the easiest way to identify mold is to simply see it. Mold has a fuzzy appearance, and can be almost any color such as white, gray, blue, black, brown, green, orange, pink or purple. Another way to identify mold is to look for discolorations, wet building materials or cracked and peeling paint. However, there is also a chance that the discoloration is caused by something else like cooking or smoking. To test it, trying pouring a couple drops of bleach on the area. If this alters the discoloration, it is most likely mold.
Odor: Another way to identify a mold issue in your home is to smell it. Your nose is a great tool to use in discovering mold because you very well may not be able to see the mold. If you do smell a very musty odor, but do not see any mold or discoloration, you may have mold growth occurring in areas that are not visible such as inside walls.
If you think you have identified mold due to one or more of these three indications, do not hesitate to call Advanced Mold Diagnostics. Our proven and trusted experts will execute a remediation or give advice on how to take care of the problem on your own.
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