When mold is present indoors in high quantities, the spores can cause serious health problems for people and animals. If you or someone in your home has been dealing with allergies or breathing issues no matter how much they have received treatment, it is time to do a mold inspection in the home. Here are symptoms to watch for as well as signs within the home that indicate this is the case.
When mold grows and spreads over larger surfaces of walls, ceilings, and floors, it can cause symptoms in humans that include congestion, runny noses, wheezing, coughs, throat irritation, sneezing and tightness in the chest. People who already suffer from allergies or asthma are at a greater chance of experiencing severe respiratory problems than healthy people are.
You may only experience allergies due to hay fever or an allergy to pet dander. If this is what is causing the problem, you will often find you have allergy symptoms when you are away from home and exposed to those things. If you only experience the allergy symptoms in the home, this is a good indication that the mold growth in your home is a potential problem.
Visual Signs of Mold
If you have noticed that your allergy problems or that of someone you love continue when you are at home, you can do a mold check. All this requires is for you to go through the house paying particular attention in bathrooms and around sinks for mold growth. You can also take care to look for mold in attics or crawlspaces using a flashlight or any other darker space where mold is likely to grow.
You will notice it as giant patches of dark brown, green or black which spread out around sink areas or near areas exposed to moisture.
There may also be bubbling or peeling on the surface. If you do not spot mold growth anywhere, it may be that it is growing in spaces that you cannot get to using a flashlight or see with the naked eye.
If any area of the home smells musty, mold is lurking somewhere in the room. It is not always easy to spot it as it can grow behind furnishings or behind walls where plumbing is installed.
If you have done your inspection for mold and you either do find some, or you cannot see any, but you smell it and have symptoms of exposure to mold, contact a remediation company immediately. The longer mold is allowed to grow, the worse problems become. A mold remediation company can also be called in to do the inspection for you if you are unsure about what to look for.
The signs and symptoms of mold exposure do not need to alarm you. You can set about getting the problem resolved with the help of a professional mold remediation company. The sooner you do, the sooner that everyone in the home will breathe better.