5 signs of mold forming in your home

There’s a vile danger lurking in the dark crevices of your house. It spreads its toxic spores as you sleep, leaving damage in its wake. Will you defeat it before it’s too late?

This sounds like a tagline for a horror movie, but mold poses a real threat. You should remove it as soon as possible, but it can be hard to find, hiding out of sight. 

To help you unearth this hidden terror, we’ve put together a list of 5 common signs of mold in your home. 

Read on to discover how to find indoor mold, and eliminate it before it turns your home into a real-life horror story.

1. Allergies

Mold releases tiny airborne spores. When you inhale these spores, your immune system creates antibodies to fight them off, just as it does when you have a cold. This is why you develop cold or flu-like symptoms when there is mold in your house.

If you have an impaired immune system, asthma, or existing allergies, mold can lead to more serious complications. It can trigger severe asthma attacks, fungal sinusitis, aspergillosis, or hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

If you develop these symptoms at home, but they disappear when you leave, it may be one of the early signs of mold in your house.

2. Musty Odor

You can often smell mold before you see it. It has a musty, earthy, or damp smell.

If you’ve noticed this smell in your home, investigate further to see if you can find any signs of black mold. Pay special attention to dark or damp areas like bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements.

3. Visible Mold

Mold can grow quickly, appearing suddenly from one day to the next. Some types of mold appear as small dark spots, often mistaken for dirt smudges. Others appear as light threads, easy to dismiss as spider webs.

Mold can appear in many different colors, black, brown, gray, green, blue, or white. It often has a powdery, furry, or velvety texture. We don’t advise touching it to check though.

Mold seeping through your walls is often the tip of the iceberg, with a much bigger infestation hidden underneath. If you spot mold in your home, call Big Easy Restoration, a Licensed Mold Remediation Contractor. Our expert knowledge and professional service will leave your home safe and mold-free in no time!

4. Signs of Water Damage

Mold grows where moisture is present. Long-term moisture in your home will inevitably lead to mold.

Areas where condensation forms, like windows and metal pipes, are a common hotspot for mold. Water damage from leaky pipes or faulty insulation can also lead to mold infestation. Watch out for water stains on your ceiling and walls as well as bubbling or peeling paint and wallpaper.

Mold can also grow in your heating or air conditioning system. Mold growing around vents or a musty smell coming from the ducts are signs of black mold in air vents. Here are a few ways to prevent HVAC mold.

5. History of Flooding

If your home has flooded in the past, there is a good chance you have mold growing in the residual moisture.

It’s very difficult to dry out all the moisture in your home after flooding. It hides in hard-to-reach nooks and crannies and creates a perfect breeding ground for mold.

If your home has flooded, call in Big Easy Restoration’s Licensed Mold Contractors to remove your mold before it spreads.

Do Not Ignore These Dangerous Signs of Mold

As you can see, mold not only looks ugly, but it is bad for your health too. To make matters worse, mold is usually a sign of an underlying moisture problem.

With these facts in mind, don’t delay when you find mold in your home. Take immediate action and call Big Easy Restoration. We will save the day and remove your mold once and for all.

Contact us today for a healthy, mold-free home.