Millions of people are exposed to toxic mold every single day, whether they know it or not. Mold thrives in damp, poorly ventilated areas, such as behind walls and below floors. Anywhere that water travels, mold can develop, and it’s usually in unseen places. What people underestimate, is the “real power” of the mold and its side effects on the human body. If you have recently had a flood in your home and notice any of these signs, you most likely have mold growing.
Visible Mold – If you see a fuzzy/cottony substance with a white, gray, green, or black color growing in your home, it is most likely mold. Soap scum from mold is very easy to distinguish in a shower or bathtub, but in other places, it may take a little more investigating.
Musty Odor – The easiest way to find a mold problem in your home is to use your nose and locate the source of an earthy/musty smell. Mold can live behind walls or wallpaper, so it might not immediately smell, but if you do notice an unusual persistent odor in your home, it is most likely mold.
Allergy-Like Symptoms – Since mold is not always visible, it may take a while to realize you have it growing in your home. If you start to suffer from, or you notice a worsening of these symptoms, you may have hidden mold growing in your home.
Nasal & sinus congestion
Skin and eye irritation
Upper respiratory infections
Water Damage – If you have had any long term moisture problems in your home, it’s inevitable that it will lead to mold growth. If you notice that your drywall is discolored, wood is warped, or paint is peeling or cracking, it is most likely due to mold. Anything from small sink leaks, to past flooding, to condensation, can lead to mold growth.
To avoid mold, make sure to clean up any water damage in your home right away. Contact AAA Flood Drying today!