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4 Critical Signs Of Mold [And How to Handle It]

Whether you own your own home, rent out an apartment, or if you work or lease out a commercial building, we know you want to do all you can to keep everyone on your property safe – and mold issues can be a nightmare.

You check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, you inspect your rood, and you’ve even installed an excellent security system. 

But what are you doing to guard your family, tenants, or customers against mold? 

The truth is that mold can suppress your immune system, be a danger to pets and pregnant women, and even result in brain damage. 

In short? 

You need to know the most common signs of mold — and what you should do if you recognize any of them. Don’t forget to make mold prevention a part of your spring cleaning checklist

1. Dark Stains

First of up on our list of the top signs of mold in a house or apartment? 

Dark brown, greenish, black, or even rust-colored stains on your walls and ceilings.

Remember that mold grows quickly in moist/damp conditions.

So, you should especially look in corners, and around areas in the shower, kitchen, or any other places where you’ve had leaks in the past. Remember that it’s incredibly easy to mistake mold for soot or even dirt, and that trying to conduct mold removal on your own can be a health risk (or simply ineffective.) 

Let a professional mold remediation expert handle the job.

2. A Musty Smell

One of the most well-known signs of mold is the tell-tale musty, earth-like smell. 

If you notice a smell, remember that scent doesn’t mean that the mold will be visible to the naked or untrained eye. 

We suggest that you call in a professional to conduct a thorough mold inspection. 

You may need to throw out things like moldy towels, small carpets/rugs, shower curtains, and more. 

3. You Feel Physically Ill

Another tip on how to tell if you have mold? 

You’ll likely start to feel physically ill. 

At first, these symptoms may be a bit like those of allergies: things like a runny nose, coughing, and itchy, watery eyes. But especially if the mold goes untreated, these symptoms will get worse. 

You may start to feel dizzy, exhausted, and even mentally confused. If you have trouble focusing or can’t seem to remember things, seek medical treatment immediately. 

Mold can have extremely serious health risks

4. The Home Is Prone to Leaks and Floods

In some cases, you’re much more likely to get mold in your home or apartment based on how often you get water leaks in your pipes, ceilings, and other places. 

Be on the lookout for condensation in your home or building, which is a sign that your space is an ideal mold habitat. If your home is prone to flooding, mold may have already set up shop in your basement — even if you can’t see it yet, it’s likely there. 

What to Do If You Notice These Signs of Mold

If you’ve realized that you’re experiencing one or more of these signs of mold, you need to take immediate action. 

We can assist with mold remediation and removal — so get in touch with us as soon as you can to mitigate your risk to mold exposure. 

We can also help with smoke damage, air duct and carpet cleaning, and much more. 

Don’t settle for anything less than the best when it comes to protecting your family. Get your free in-home estimate now. 

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