If you think you may have mold, there are a few things to look for. Mold can cause a variety of health problems, so it’s important to know what to look for. This article will show you what to look out for when conducting a mold inspection. This information is important because if you do have mold, it’s important to take action to prevent any health problems from developing.
What Are Some Common Problems Associated With Mold in a House?
Mold can be an unwanted guest in any home, but it is especially common in older ones. It can cause a myriad of problems, from respiratory problems to structural damage. Here are some of the most common:
- Mold can produce toxic spores that can harm people’s lungs and skin.
- Mold growth often leads to musty smells and damaged property.
- It’s easy for mold to spread through air ducts and other ventilation systems, leading to widespread contamination.
- Mold can cause water damage by producing toxins that dissolve furniture fabrics and fixtures.
- Mold can destroy the structure of a home by weakening it, causing leaks and structural damage.
- Mold can lead to allergies, asthma attacks and other health problems in people who suffer from mold sensitivities.
How Can You Identify if You Have Mold in Your House?
Mold is a common indoor air pollutant that can cause health concerns. Mold can be identified using a variety of methods, and knowing the signs of mold infection can help you take the appropriate steps to prevent exposure and harm. Here are some signs to watch for:
- Moldy smells: A common sign of mold exposure is a musty or mildewy smell. This can be caused by moisture from the mold growing on your skin, clothes, or furniture.
- Black dots: Another sign of mold exposure is black spots that form on skin, clothing, or furniture. These spots may become infected, and can lead to a rash.
- Swelling: If you experience swelling, it’s likely your body is trying to fight off the mold infection. This may include fever, chills, headache, and body aches.
- White patches: Another common sign of mold exposure is white patches on the skin. These patches may look like small pustules or lesions on the skin.
In general, black or green patches on walls or ceilings; unusual smells; visible mold growth; and damaged property (e.g. yellowing of wallpaper or paint) are also signs of mold. If you suspect you have mold, consult a professional before taking any action.
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