If you have ever dealt with mold in your York, PA home, then you probably already know what a hazard it can be. Mold will not only destroy drywall and other materials, but it can make you and your children sick as well. Sometimes mold can be easily seen growing on walls and floors. But many times, the mold grows in hidden places. That’s why we are going to talk about the hidden signs of mold so that if you experience mold in your home, hopefully you can act fast and eliminate the problem.
Many types of mold cause allergy-like symptoms, including sneezing, a scratchy throat and a dry cough. If you have noticed that your family is constantly showing such symptoms, even during the winter when seasonal allergies aren’t common, you might want to have your home checked out. Other physical symptoms that can be caused by mold include headaches and nausea.
One of the biggest signs of mold growth in your home is a musty odor. A musty smell doesn’t always mean there is mold growing in your home, but it is something that’s worth checking into if it’s present.
Anywhere that contains moisture in your home has the potential to grow mold. Mold thrives in moist, warm environments, so a leaking pipe in a wall or a cracked attic vent that lets in rain could lead to mold growth. If you see any signs of moisture, such as water spots on walls, ceilings or floors or buckling or bubbling floors, you should get them checked out by an inspector. If you experienced a flooded basement, even if you dried it out thoroughly, you should be on the lookout for any symptoms of mold.
Any type of discoloration on a wall, ceiling or floor, even if it doesn’t appear like it was caused by moisture, could be a potential sign of mold and should be checked out by a licensed inspector. Such discolorations often may show up as dark spots on your wall, which could be a sign that mold is thick on the inside of the wall.
If your home has ventilation issues, they could lead to mold. Often times, homes that are too tightly sealed up can lead to moisture issues that promote mold growth. If you have any rooms that constantly feel more humid than others, it could be a sign of poor ventilation. You also should check your ducts and vents periodically to look for any signs of mold inside them.
Prevention & Remediation
The best way to prevent mold is to prevent any moisture problems in your home. Make sure you are not experiencing any of the talked about problems and if you’re buying a new home, you should insist on inspections that include a check for mold. In the event that you do have mold in your home, professional mold testing and removal is something you should look into. More times than not, mold is not going to be something you want to try and handle on your own.
If you have mold in your home or believe that you might have mold in your home, consider giving the professionals at ASJ a call. ASJ provides both mold testing and remediation services. If you’re interested in receiving a free inspection, simply give us a call at 717-632-2241 or click one of our “Request A Quote” buttons located throughout our page.