Are you wondering how to locate mold growth in your home? Well, good for you, because it’s important that you watch for any indication there’s mold growing in your home. If the problem goes undetected, it will continue to spread and jeopardize the health of all the people who are exposed to it.
Top Four Signs Suggesting There’s a Mold Problem:
Excess Moisture: Moisture levels can exceed normal amounts for a number of different reasons including condensation as a result of missing insulation, inefficient HVAC systems, increased humidity due to a lack of exhaust fans, plumbing leaks and flooding. If you see signs of a moisture problem, chances are high that you already have mold.
Odours: Have you ever noticed a musty smell that won’t go away no matter how much you clean? The cause of this persistent musty smell is likely mold, which produces chemicals known as MVOCs (microbial volatile organic compounds) – the source of the odour.
Leaks: Leaks can happen anywhere, at any time, and they will keep releasing moisture until they’re repaired. That’s why you need to repair any leaks immediately and dry water-damaged materials thoroughly. Common places for leaks include toilets, showers, faucets, roofs and basements.
Discolouration: While stains on walls and carpets do not always mean there’s mold, they do mean that the discoloured area had, at one point or another, experienced a leak, spill, flood or other type of moisture intrusion. To be safe, check your walls, ceilings, carpets and studs for stains that could be linked to a moisture problem.
If you’ve noticed any of the above-mentioned items in your home, consider contacting a professional mold inspector to properly assess the extent of your moisture problem. Generally, mold removal projects can be classified into three groups according to the size of the contamination: small areas (less than 10 square feet); moderate areas (10-32 square feet); and extensive areas (more than 32 square feet).
Should you hire a professional mold remediation company?
You may want to consider getting professional help if you can identify with any of the following circumstances:
- The mold problem is moderate to extensive.
- The home has generally high relative humidity (i.e. is very damp and moist).
- Mold keeps growing back after repeated cleaning.
- A family member experiences repeated or persistent health symptoms (e.g. respiratory problems)
A trained and certified mold remediation professional can test the indoor air quality of your home, examine the suspected area for mold and establish a scope of work. Experts are trained to identify moisture problems, find their sources and suggest solutions. In addition to air quality testing and mold removal, mold remediation professionals often also provide flood restoration and insulation removal services.