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Warning Signs You May Have Mold Damage in Your Home

Warning Signs You May Have Mold Damage in Your Home

Learn How to Detect Signs of Mold to Prevent Costly Property Damage

Most of us are familiar with what mold looks like. Chances are you’ve had to throw away a piece of bread that has suddenly been overtaken by green, fuzzy looking growth. Or perhaps you couldn’t eat all the fruit you bought in time and it suddenly grew covered in mold.

However, mold doesn’t just affect food products; it can also grow throughout your home and cause considerable structural damage as well as health issues. Therefore, it’s important to know how the most common warning signs that you may be experiencing mold damage in your home.

Your Air Conditioner or Heating Smells Foul

While it’s considered a subtle sign of mold growth, the foul odor that emits from your air conditioner or heater is anything but subtle. If you have a standalone unit, these are especially susceptible to mold growth because they’re damp, dark, and often exposed to warmer temperatures when they’re not in use. This is why you shouldn’t store your air conditioner in a closet or garage/basement location when its not in use.

You should also have your HVAC systems frequently checked by a technician to ensure they are free of mold.

Your Sink or Toilet Flooded

While basement floods are most commonly associated with mold growth and the damage that comes with it, it’s important to note that any type of flooding can create the perfect environment for mold to grow. Whether your bathtub overflowed, you’re dealing with a constantly leaking pipe, or your toilet flooded your bathroom, these are all situations that can bring about a mold infestation.

It’s important to get any collecting water or moisture handled right away, as left unattended, it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for mold spores.

The Grout Between Your Tiles Turned Black

White tiles with black grout starting to form

If you’ve recently dealt with a flood or plumbing leak and the grout between your tiles has turned black, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with a mold infestation. In order to be certain and safe, it’s best to contact us to perform an inspection.

You Notice Visible Damage to Your Wallpaper

Lavender wallpaper with a section cut to reveal black mold underneath

Moisture is a significant precursor to mold infestations. If you notice any bubbling, peeling, cracking, or any other surface abnormalities when it comes to your wallpaper, chances are there is too much moisture within your walls and you could be dealing with a hidden mold infestation.

There Are Dark Colored Spots on Your Walls

dark spots due to moisture in ceiling and walls

Mold comes in many different forms and types. While we are familiar with the fuzzy stuff that grows on bread and the black mold spores we are warned about, it’s important to know some of its other common appearances.

If you happen to notice any dark spots or discoloration on your walls, chances are you have a significant mold infestation that needs to be taken care of right away. Chances are that the dark spots are caused by plumbing leaks within your walls, which can lead to mold growth. Additionally, mold can also take the form of a slimy green substance that can also leave spots on your walls.

There Is a Musty Smell in Your Home

If you’ve thoroughly cleaned every area of your home and it still smells musty, it’s likely that you’re dealing with mold damage. You may even find that the smell is stronger in one area of your house or a specific corner.

You Live in a Newer Home

In an attempt to increase energy efficiency, modern homes are built to be more tightly sealed. This means that there is less venting incorporated into their design. This means that the moisture accumulated from your dishwasher and dryer doesn’t have anywhere to go and can lead to mold growth.

Your Walls Have Begun to Warp

Moisture and mold growth can lead drywall to warp. Therefore, it’s important to keep your eye out for any signs of warping and to call us at the first sign of it.

You or a Loved One Is Experiencing Health Issues

While not all mold types are toxic, many of the ones that can grow in your home do lead to serious health issues.

You may have a mold problem if you’re experiencing:

  • A runny nose
  • Frequent sneezing
  • Worsened asthma or respiratory illness symptoms
  • Allergies that don’t seem to reside when the season changes
  • Constant fatigue

What to Do If You Suspect You Are Dealing with a Mold Infestation

At Property Solutions LLC, we have over 20 years of experience ridding homes in Prince George County, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. of mold. When you call us, we will first perform a thorough inspection of your building to determine the extent of the infestation. From there, we will use state-of-the-art equipment to help ventilate and filter out the contaminated air. Next, we remove any contaminated material, thoroughly clean the area, and do any reconstruction work as needed.

Remember, mold can start to grow as soon as 24 hours after a plumbing leak, flooding, or storm damage. That’s why it’s important to get in touch with our Prince George mold remediation specialists as soon as possible. Call (571) 526-0075 or contact us online. We’re available 24/7.

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