Toxic mold is a dangerous microfungus that grows in houses that have experienced water damage. It is characterized by black spots, discolored walls, and stains. And that is just the damage you can see. The problem with mold damage is that much of the problem is hidden, showing up in a musty smell, the lurking effects of past water damage, and even signs of illness in the people who live in the house. If you experience mold damage, you need to call a professional company for mold remediation before you lose even more time and money.
A Strange Odor
One of the first signs of mold comes through your olfactory sense. Mold damage can be hidden to the eye, but the musty smell makes itself known. Many people mistake the smell of mold for a regular dank basement, but there is something tangy and earthy that is unmistakable. These odors come from the microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOC) that grow in mold. The smell is musty, damp, and unpleasant. If you have experienced recent water damage, and smell something out of the ordinary, start looking for mold damage. If there is extensive mold damage, you will need professional mold remediation to combat the dangers of the black mold.
Past Water Damage
If water has damaged your house, whether through a leaky roof or broken pipe or flood of some sort, there is probably lurking mold as a result of this damage. Look for stained ceilings or floors, as well as discolored walls. Additionally, any signs of water make it likely that you are experiencing toxic mold. Some of the most common are:
- Leaks from the roof, a dripping pipe, or a toilet.
- Built up condensation on windows. This is a sign of excess moisture in the air, which can lead to mold.
- Damp basements. Basements are prone to water damage.
- Past floods and evidence of this in your home.
Signs of Illness
Another hidden sign of black mold is your body’s reaction to it. Toxic mold causes sickness in humans, and if you feel symptoms while at home that go away when you are at work or school, you might have toxic mold. Symptoms can mirror allergy symptoms with congestion, sore throat and runny nose. You could also have headaches, feel confused, and experience memory loss. In some cases people also suffer from gastrointestinal issues as well. Symptoms get worse as they persist, and can become severe if mold remediation does not take place quickly.
Mold damage is more problematic than people realize. If you have experienced flooding, dampness, moisture, and humidity, there is a chance your home could be overtaken with toxic mold. The visual keys are black spots, discolored walls, and stains. But the hidden signs are so stealthy that you might miss them. Pay close attention to the odor of your house, any previous water damage, and the health of the people you live with in order to ascertain if you have a mold problem. Mold remediation should be done as soon as possible to mitigate the damage and help you to breathe fresh clean air again.
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