Though mold is not always dangerous, it can lead to structural damage to your home and also have a negative impact on your health. A thorough cleaning of a moldy home is absolutely called for if you suspect you have a mold problem. To be able to even suspect that, you need to know the signs that could indicate a mold infestation in your home. To remove some of the uncertainty from this process, you can also get a professional to do a mold inspection, providing a clear and complete understanding of the severity of your mold infestations. Seitz Environmental Inc. offers both mold inspections and high quality mold removal services to the wider Lehigh Valley region. Contact us now to see how we can help address your mold problem.
There are some obvious and not so obvious signs that you may have a mold infestation in your home.
1. Visible Mold Spores
The most obvious sign of mold in your home is visible spores. One of the most common of these is black mold, which can often be found growing on walls. If you are seeing patches of mold growing on your walls or carpet, you have a pretty serious mold infestation. What you are seeing is just the tip of the iceberg. You can scrub and scrub away at the spores, but unless you know how to do a deep-cleaning, they will just grow back sooner or later. If you see mold spores growing, it’s time to reach out to a mold remediation company, as the job will almost certainly require professional cleaning and mold removal.
2. Health Symptoms
If you constantly are feeling like you have a minor cold when you are at home, one possible reason for that could be that your respiratory system is being negatively impacted by airborne mold. If when you go on vacation you suddenly feel better, and then come back home and start experiencing symptoms again, it would be wise to schedule a mold inspection of your home to see if that is what is responsible for your symptoms.
3. It Smells
The nose knows. When it comes to moldy or musty odors, it can be obvious that you have a mold infestation the moment you enter a room. Mold produces an unpleasant, moist smell, similar to wet socks or rotten wood. The persistent odor of mold feels stale and damp. If you find yourself sneezing and dogged everywhere you go in your home or office by such an odor, there is a good chance you have a mold infestation on your hands.
4. Your Home and Mold Have a History
If your house has had flooding, leakage, or mold problems in the past, unless you sufficiently address the root problems, you may have a mold infestation right now without even knowing it. When moisture levels increase, certain at-risk areas in your house may develop a mold infestation before you know it. Hiring a professional to do an inspection when you have a history of mold, flooding, or leaks in your home or office is likely a good idea. Not knowing you have a mold problem does not make it go away. It is important to schedule a mold removal as soon as possible to help mitigate the effects of mold in your home, and also stop it from spreading to more of the house, thus preventing more expensive mold remediation down the road.
Get a Second Opinion
If you are in an office or at home and see mold, are experiencing symptoms, or are concerned about the history of mold in the building and want to be proactive, scheduling an inspection may be an extremely prudent decision. Mold is a potential health risk for everyone in the building. Whatever type of mold you find growing in your home or office, cleaning it and fixing any water leaks is a good preliminary step. However, know that the scope of the problem may be far greater than what appears on the surface. If you are seeing mold spore growth, it may be a good idea to schedule a mold inspection with Seitz Environmental Inc. to eliminate potentially harmful mold in your home or office today!