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6 Signs You Have Mold In Your Home

Man looks shocked to discover mold after reviewing 6 signs of mold

Mold in the home can be a serious problem for moisture-prone environments while posing serious health risks. 

Not to mention just the sight of mold can make your stomach churn! 

Once mold has started growing, it can be a real hassle to completely eliminate it. And not to mention expensive! 

Luckily, our experienced team at Valor Mold can conquer your mold problem once and for all without breaking the bank. 

Even if you are not able to visibly see mold growing on the roof, walls, or other surfaces, there are a few signs of getting a good idea if mold is present in the home. 

1. Visible Spots Or Colored Patches

If you see colored spots or patches, it’s already too late. Mold spores can be airborne for quite a while before visible growth begins. While there are many different types of mold and color patterns, growths are typically shades of black, green, grey, yellow, or even red. 

Visible mold growth should be dealt with immediately to avoid the fungus from spreading into other parts of the home. It’s at this stage of growth that mold poses the highest health risks.

2. Strong Odor Within The Home

Homeowners who have dealt with mold in the past can attest to this one. If a strong musty smell or similar damp odor arises that you can’t seem to eliminate, chances are mold is to blame. 

Many varieties of mold emit this foul odor, making it a little easier to identify a mold problem. Unfortunately, these unwelcomed odors can quickly become the new “norm” for your home unless dealt with in a timely manner.

3. Water Damage

Water damage is the number one cause of mold growth in residential homes. Water can wreak havoc on the house, usually entering through cracks in the foundation or roof, leaky pipes, or poor insulation. Water damage can show itself by way of peeling paint, visible rot, warping, rust, or persistent stains. 

Locating the source of excessive water buildup is the first and foremost step to take when counteracting mold growth. Water damage happens over time, giving mold the ample opportunity of running rampant.

4. Condensation

Along with water damage, condensation is an extremely popular catalyst for mold growth. Condensation forms when warm air comes in contact with a cold surface, and vice versa. This occurs, for example, on windows during the winter months when cold outdoor air hits the warm window. 

Condensation is extremely popular in basements due to the nature of being underground, clinging to pipes, and uninsulated windows. As we know, any extended period of time in an increasingly moist environment poses an extreme risk for mold growth.

5. Allergic Reactions & Additional Health Problems

Those who have seasonal or regular allergies can experience increased symptoms when airborne mold spores are present. This can be a clear sign of mold within the home. Individuals with chronic respiratory illness are also known to have worsened symptoms in similar environments.

If you start to develop a chronic cough, sore throat, or headache, it may be a good idea to have your home tested for mold.

6. History Of Flooding Or Broken Pipes

If you live in an older home, broken or leaky pipes are a very real threat, especially when temperatures drop below zero. Homeowners can unknowingly have a broken or leaky pipe until it is too late. 

If your basement, crawlspace, or other areas of the home has a history of flooding for one reason or another, it may be a good idea to have a thorough inspection done to ensure the problem is still a thing of the past.

Do You Think You Have Mold In Your Home? Give Us A Call!

Here at Valor Mold Removal, you could say we take our job pretty seriously. As mold remediation specialists, we can get your home back into tip-top shape to ensure a healthy living environment for years to come. 

Not only do we completely remove all traces of mold from the home, but we also locate the source of mold in the first place to prevent future growth. 

Is it time to have your home tested for mold? Give us a call at (703) 897-7121, or file a free quote today!

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