Mold spores are found just about anywhere, and once they take hold, they can spread fast. If mold gets inside your home, it can lead to many issues, including chronic sinus infections. If you would like to know more about mold and when you should consider a mold inspection, keep reading.
After Flood or Water Damage
After any major water damage, such as a flood, you should have the area inspected for mold. Once mold spores find a moist surface, they can start to grow. Mold is more likely to grow on porous materials like carpets and drywall. Unfortunately, the mold often starts growing under the carpet, making it hard to spot. Any material, however, may grow mold. Less porous materials, however, are easier to clean.
If mold does take hold, you may need to have the drywall, carpet, and other affected materials removed and replaced. If you start the drying process fast, you can reduce the risk of mold, but an inspection can ensure that no mold spores took place.
When You Spot Signs of Mold
If you spot signs of mold in any part of your home, you should have the rest of the home inspected, especially if you don't know the cause of the mold. At first, you may only smell the mold: a musty odor. However, as the mold grows, you can see it starting to spread.
Depending on the type of mold, it may appear yellowish to black. Keep in mind, not all black mold is the toxic black mold that releases mycotoxins. Some mold looks slimy, while other mold looks powdery. Mold growing under paint may cause the paint to peel or crack, revealing the underlying mold.
If Someone Has Unexplained Breathing Complications
If anyone in the house develops a breathing complication without clear reason, it may be a good idea to get a mold inspection to make sure the house isn't making anyone sick. Some common symptoms of mold irritation and health issues include:
- Chronic sore throat
- Chronic sinus infections
In addition, if someone in the house has a severe breathing condition like COPD or chronic asthma, getting the house tested can reduce the risk of the condition worsening or leading to other complications if mold is present.
Mold testing services can help identify any mold in your home, whether the mold is hidden or not. By fighting mold, you can improve indoor air quality and you may reduce the risk of mold-related sickness. If you would like to know more, contact a mold inspection service today.