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Mold tends to form in damp, dark areas or when there’s considerable moisture in the air. This tends to occur on organic materials such as wood, paper, or wallpaper. But mold can also form on ceiling tiles, on paint and dust, and even on carpets. Sometimes mold can form inside your air vents, which sends mold spores out through the vents to grow in other places. A few conditions that can cause mold in your home are:
No one likes to find mold in their home. But is it truly a serious issue? What are the possible ramifications it can have for your home?
The truth is that mold is an issue that you’ll want to take seriously, and more so because it’s often not immediately noticeable. Mold hides in walls, under floors, or inside your air vents, so often, by the time it’s noticeable, it’s already caused quite a bit of damage. The main concern when it comes to mold is health issues. Mold can cause breathing issues. If you already have a respiratory condition that makes breathing difficult, mold can make your life in your home nearly unbearable. Many are also allergic to certain molds, in some cases severely so. You may notice skin irritation, too, as a side effect of mold.
If mold goes untreated for long enough, it may begin to weaken the home’s structural integrity. What’s more is the conditions that cause mold can also cause fungi, which can lead to decay of the home’s structure. It’s also an unpleasant look, and it could significantly decrease your home value and make it difficult to sell if you plan to do so soon.
You should stay on guard for mold and be ready to root it out as soon as you notice an issue. But how do you notice it when mold tends to be so good at hiding? Here are our tips:
There are over 100,000 different types of mold, and they can have very different looks. Some appear as a white fuzz along the wall, very subtle. Others are black and spotty. Some molds are green, while others are brown. You may be able to take a picture if you notice a suspicious spot on your walls, ceilings, or floors, and check a reputable source to find out if that picture is mold...as well as what kind of mold it is.
Have you been coughing or sneezing more lately? Are your eyes watering, or is your skin particularly itchy? These could all be signs that you have a mold problem. Headaches and nosebleeds could also be a sign of mold.
Of course, these can mean other things, as well. Perhaps you’ve been drinking hard tap water that makes your skin itch, or there’s a material in the house that you’re allergic to. If it’s allergy season, it can be difficult to tell the difference between mold allergies and seasonal allergies. If these symptoms tend to last longer than usual, however, it could be mold. Take the context into account, but any cause for concern should warrant a mold test, at least.
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