No matter how much or what type of mold is in your home, your health and the structure of your home both rely on you removing it quickly and efficiently. Mold typically grows in environments that are damp, wet, and warm, and it is frequently found in homes. Even when you do not notice the mold, it may be actively harming your health, especially if you have allergies or asthma, as well as damaging your home’s structure.
Biosweep of Alabama has served Alabama with mold remediation and removal services for countless years, and we look forward to helping you as well. If you have any of the following signs of mold growth in your home, then we recommend that you give us a call as soon as possible so that we can evaluate your situation.
Sign of Mold #1: Musty odor
One of the most common signs of mold is a must odor in your home. Especially if this odor is occurring in a damp area or near another sign of mold such as peeling wallpaper or discoloration of a wall, you should definitely have an expert check out the smell and potential mold growth. In particular, if your heater or air conditioning unit seems to have a strange smell coming out of it, then there may also be mold growing inside these structures. As the musty smell becomes more severe and noticeable, then that is a sign that the mold growth is also getting worse, so it is best to get it under control before the situation escalates.
Sign of Mold #2: Dark grout between tiles
Another sign of mold in your home is dark grout between tiles. This commonly occurs in showers, bathrooms, and kitchens, but thankfully, the mold that grows on tiles is rarely harmful like other types of mold may be. However, if there has recently been a leak or flood, then this mold may be more toxic, so it is always better to be safe and get the mold evaluated before you decide that it is okay to live with it.
Sign of Mold #3: Health issues
If there is mold in your home, then in addition to structural issues, you and your family members may experience strange health symptoms. This may begin as a runny nose, coughing, and sneezing, but as you spend more time in this mold-infested environment, then it will quickly worsen to the point of feeling like a constant cold. Especially if you are allergic to mold, any of these health issues can be a common side effect of mold growth.
Sign of Mold #4: Feeling more tired
One specific health issue that could be a sign of mold in your home is feeling very tired all the time. Different types of mold have the potential to affect people in different ways, and one of these potential symptoms is fatigue. If you notice a major change in your energy level and the amount of time you spend in bed, then mold growth in your home may be worthwhile to investigate.
Sign of Mold #5: Peeling wallpaper
If you ever notice that the wallpaper in your home is peeling or cracking, then this could be a sign of too much moisture in your walls, and therefore a potential sign of mold. Moisture commonly leads to mold, so even if there is no mold growth yet, it is necessary that you get the moisture level in your home, and specifically in your walls, under control in order to prevent mold from popping up there in the near future.
Sign of Mold #6: Worsening asthma
In addition to common health issues like allergies, if you have asthma, then the worsening of these symptoms can be a common sign of mold. Even if your other family members are not experiencing health issues, if your asthma has become worse after spending hours at home, then this could suggest that there is mold growth in your home. Certain types of mold are more likely to affect people with asthma. If your asthma keeps getting worse, then you should definitely consider scheduling both a doctor’s appointment and a mold inspection in order to get to the root cause of the issue.
Sign of Mold #7: Constant itchy feeling
If you feel like you are itchy whenever you are at home, then this may be a sign that your allergies are acting up because of mold growth. This itchy feeling could also be related to mold in your clothing. Especially if you occasionally leave cold, damp clothing out before drying it, then it is possible that there has been mold growth on the fibers in your clothing. Even if you do not think you are allergic to mold, having it so close to your body for long periods of time could easily irritate your skin.
Sign of Mold #8: Discoloration of walls and ceilings
Whether you notice a discoloration on your wall or ceiling that is green, gray, white, yellow, or brown, it is possible that this is a sign of mold growth. Mold can also appear in different sizes and textures, so if you see a mysterious mark or spot around your house, then it is always best to go ahead and get it evaluated by a mold remediation expert.
Sign of Mold #9: Bubbles on painted walls
Similar to the peeling of wallpaper, another sign of mold is the formation of bubbles on your painted walls. When there is too much moisture in the area, bubbles will form behind the paint, and therefore this is a warning sign that you should look out for mold as well. Especially if the bubbles form near a window or pipe, this may suggest that there has been a leak and the water is forming mold on your walls. Always be sure to scrape off the paint and completely dry the area if you find yourself in this situation. And of course, as always, if you may have a mold issue, it is best for everyone’s health and safety that you get an expert involved.
Additionally, if you are using a humidifier, living in a new home, or recently experienced a sink or toilet flood or leak, then these may also be warning signs that you have too much moisture in your home and therefore could have a mold problem.
Nobody wants to feel uncomfortable in their own home, so we are here to help you get it back to a clean, healthy environment. When you work with Biosweep of Alabama, you are sure to be happy with your mold remediation services. Just give us a call at 844-466-6367 for a free consultation and we will get all the mold out as soon as possible so that you can finally relax and enjoy the comfort of your home again.