If you or someone in your household experiences asthmatic symptoms, runny nose, nose bleeds, shortness of breath, rashes, coughs or related symptoms that have no explanation and/or go away when you leave your home, you may have a mold contamination.
Because of their tight sealing, modern energy-efficient home designs can trap moisture in your home creating ideal conditions under which mildew thrives. When that’s paired with an opportunistic food source such as wallpaper, cloth, wood, etc., the situation can quickly become a problematic and potentially life-threatening mold infestation.
The musty smell of mildew is hard to miss for those who have been exposed to it. However, because there are thousands of different types of molds the smells vary accordingly and can sometimes present as a sour stench, damp clothes or the smell of pungent potted soil. When an active mold contamination is the cause, the smell will keep returning regardless of odor treatment.
- Visible Growths
More often than not, the mildew will begin as a black patch. However, some mildews are pink/red, yellow, green, blue, brown and orange. Any such growth in a humid or damp environment points to contamination and should be inspected and treated.
- Water Leaks
Because they create the ideal conditions for mold growth, puddles, water seepage from inside of walls and dripping pipes should be investigated as sources pointing to hidden mildew growth.
- Stains and Discoloration
Related to the visible water leaks are the stains and discolorations, associated with water damage, that result from unseen leaks in your home. A leaking roof or a burst pipe can cause moisture and water seepage that create spots on walls that are lighter or darker than the color of the wall, ceiling, cabinet or floor. Mold growth can cause further discoloration. If your home has water spots or has ever been flooded, you should have it inspected for mold.
- Physical Symptoms
As mentioned in the introduction, the symptoms that result from mold growth are highly unpleasant and often difficult to relate to a specific cause. However, any prolonged cough, chest tightness, sinus condition or symptoms that are commonly associated with allergies or asthma should raise suspicions about possible hidden mold contamination that requires prompt attention.
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