Mold is one of those problems that we rarely think about, and is frequently left unnoticed until the visible signs of it make their appearance. Here, we are going to talk about 3 ways to tell if you have mold growing, and how to catch it early. At any stage of mold growth, or even at the first concern that you have a mold problem. BioClean Remediation, LLC can assess the situation and provide you with an honest evaluation and remediation plan.
Mold growth is scary to think about, and it’s even worse when we think about the impact it can have in our own homes. Not all mold problems end up as bad as this photo shows, but it doesn’t take long for a small leak to create a bigger problem.
This is why it is important to catch mold growth at the earliest stage possible, to prevent further damage, and to minimize the total remediation required to take care of the problem.
Whether the mold you have found is extreme, or just a small amount, the quicker you work to address the problem, the better.
How Can I Tell if I Have Mold Growing?
We have three recommendations on how to tell if mold could be growing in your home or business. Even one of these signs is an early warning that there may be an issue, and it should be dealt with early, and by a professional.
1. You or Someone in Your Home are Experiencing Breathing or Other Health Issues
Even before the visible signs of mold present themselves, breathing and other respiratory issues tend to develop. Some health symptoms of mold include:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Itching in the eyes, nose and throat
- Watering eyes
If these symptoms sound familiar, be sure to consult your healthcare professional, then contact us to provide you with an inspection to determine the presence of mold in your home.
2. Current or Previous Water Leaks and Damage
Water leaks are never good, and depending on how the damage was cared for can determine if mold has the right conditions to grow. If the water damage was not fully dried out, or was not treated properly, mold has the environment it needs to grow and develop. Mold will not always have a smell, so it’s important to look for the other signs as well.
If your home has had water damage, it’s best to get an inspection completed to determine if mold is growing. Additionally, if your home often has a damp feeling from excess humidity building up, mold may have the conditions it needs to develop, grow, and expand.
3. Visible Signs of Mold Have Started Showing Up
Has mold started to show its face in your home? Many times, mold begins growing in hidden places first. Mold tends to prefer dark, humid spaces where airflow is limited. This makes cabinets, closets, and other hidden spaces prime targets for mold.
In some cases, mold remains hidden from view and only appears in small patches. This is usually a sign that there is a larger problem somewhere else. For example, in the image to the side, all the mold damage was behind the counter. Above the counter line there is no visible mold damage. This is often the result of small mold spots being cleaned up regularly, but the larger problem remaining unattended.
What Should I Do Next?
Don’t wait to find out if you have a mold problem. The earlier you catch a mold the better. Remediating mold in its early stages is easier and less costly than more advanced mold issues. An air quality test and mold inspection from BioClean Remediation, LLC is the best place to start in identifying and treating a mold problem. We will conduct a thorough visual inspection and air quality test using the latest technology in mold detection and provide you with a comprehensive analysis of the types and levels of mold present. If mold is not present, we will provide recommendations on how to keep your home and business mold-free and healthy for everyone. Give us a call at 251-504-0747 or contact us for a mold inspection and air quality analysis.
When hiring a mold removal company, it is critical to select a trusted professional. BioClean Remediation, LLC is recognized by HomeAdvisor as a best-in-class provider of mold removal and remediation. Contact us any time, day or night at 251-504-0747.