Generally, you get to know that you need mold remediation once the mold starts to appear. But that does not happen always. Sometimes, the mold goes unnoticed and causes many health issues for you. There are few other indications that might tell you about the existence of mold at your home, which can be easily observed. Here are the four criteria to look for mold in your home.
- A water event
Frequent or even occasional water intrusion might signal towards the presence of mold. Although, a water event does not guarantee the mold growth as spores have to be present already. Water and moisture aid the growth but is not the reason behind its presence. Since, the spores are microscopic, a water event is usually the trigger that makes mold visible or detectable.
Almost all kinds of mold cause the discoloration of the organic material they feed on. Whether the food source for the mold is human food or drywall paper, if colonization is allowed for a long time, there will be discoloration that indicates a mold problem.
Mold takes certain colors such as black, gray, white, brown, red and even some shades of pastel colors if allowed to grow in abundance. Some mold even gives out the appearance of dust, fuzz and sand granules. All molds require different moisture content and temperature to grow and spread. Although, not all discoloration should be taken as mold. Sometimes, people confuse efflorescence as a mold. You must carefully observe the patch and choose the right remediation method.
- A musty odor
If you observe a distinct musty odor prevailing in your house, it could be due to the presence of mold. Some mold is odorous when they colonize. Although not all of them have this kind of smell when a musty, moldy odor is combined with other factors, one can easily conclude the presence of mold. Remediation becomes necessary even if the mold is not visible.
You must be careful, and not solely rely on the scent to detect mold, because some kinds of fungal growth also give out the odor. But the odor must not be ignored as well. If you are unable to conclude, you must consult a professional and get their advice on it.
- Adverse human health effects
There is a wide range of health issues that can arise due to the presence of mold in your house. The most common and severe being asthma. Many other symptoms include headaches, poor memory, joint pain and stiffness, numbness, sensitivity to light, cough, fatigue and many more. These symptoms surface due to long-term exposure to mold. If any of these symptoms are observed and generally two or more are observed simultaneously, you must consider the presence of mold. If the symptoms are not observed or are diminished when not in the mold environment, it strongly indicates mold at your place, and immediate action must be taken.
Try to keep your home and building as dry as possible to avoid the growth and spread of mold. But if you observe any of the above conditions, you must immediately seek professional help and resolve this issue.