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4 Signs You Have Mold

8/29/2017 (Permalink)

Untreated water damage lead to this mold infestation at an unoccupied home in Forrest City.

Drive through any random neighborhood, and you’re bound to come across at least one home with a mold problem. Many people have little or no knowledge about mold. They’re too busy working and raising a family to think about whether or not they have any in their home. Should the problem go unchecked, they may end up with a serious, expensive problem. Don’t let this happen to you. Be aware of the warning signs.

You Recently Had Water Damage

Did you know that mold can appear after water damage as quickly as 24-48 hours? It can! If you recently had water damage, or even a water leak, it’s always a good idea to 1. fix the leak and damage and 2. keep your eye out for mold! Recent water damage might be a sign that you have mold. Be cautious and keep your eyes out.

Allergy Symptoms Emerge From People in Your Household

If a member of your family displays allergy symptoms, this may be a sign that there is mold present in your home. Do their eyes water when they enter a certain room? Have they ever felt listless or congested? When they leave the house, what happens? Many symptoms go away when a person leaves to run errands or work. While it’s possible for someone to simply have a cold, it’s important to pay attention. Don’t dismiss health issues or assume you’re paranoid.

You See Mold

Mold could be anywhere in your home. If you spot a patch out in the open, this is a sign that may you have a big problem on your hands. If mold exists where you can see it, there may be mold in hidden areas. It’s not hard to distinguish mold from soap scum in your shower or bathtub. However, in the basement, cellar, or garage, mold may blend in with the color of the walls or flooring. If you feel you can’t scour the house alone, ask someone to assist. Damp places are a breeding ground for mold, so check in these areas first.

A Strange Odor Is Present

When you step into your home after a long day, do you smell something unusual? You may assume that a skunk is hiding in the bushes near the door. Perhaps you believe that your spouse burned dinner or needs to take a shower. But strange and persistent odors may be a sign that mold hides within the walls or under the furniture.

Don’t assume that mold could never exist in your home. No matter how persistent you are with your cleaning schedule, mold may still grow. Be aggressive when you search and take action when necessary. The health and happiness of your family should take center stage.

SERVPRO of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge is Northeastern Pennsylvania's premier mold remediation company.

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