Like all proud homeowners in Austin, Texas—and no doubt every other corner of the world—our home is our safe haven.
Sometimes, though, that safe haven is threatened by a pesky, unsightly problem that is all too common. We’re talking about mold.
All molds that produce fungi—also known as mycotoxins—are toxic. This is a major threat to your home and your family, and when it is left unresolved, it can spread. At that point, mold can trigger a whole host of health issues for you and your loved ones. According to the CDC, mold in our homes can affect our breathing, trigger asthma attacks, headaches, and digestive issues.
Don’t let this threat take over your home. Today, we’re arming you with the 10 signs of mold to look out for before it gets out of control.
The Ultimate Homeowners’ Guide: 10 Signs of Mold in Your Home
1. Water damage
If you find water damage in your home, it’s important to deal with it immediately. Restoring your home to a clean, dry state means mold spores won’t have an opportunity to grow.
Humidity in your home means there is a high level of moisture in the air. Moist air can produce damp, which creates the kind of environment mold needs to thrive.
If your windows routinely show condensation in the mornings, consider installing an HVAC or using dehumidifiers in the worst areas. Check around your windows for signs of fungal growth, and dry the areas that show condensation thoroughly.
Leaks—whether in the roof, around windows, or in the plumbing of your home—can lead to water damage. Water damage causes damp, which allows the ideal conditions for mold growth.
5. Warped walls or flooring
Drywall and lino can bubble or swell when they become damp. Because drywall is quite absorbent, it shows moisture easily.
Moisture and leaking can cause your home’s pipes to rust. Checking the pipes in your basement and attic is a great start.
Odors in your home are a good gauge of your home’s health. If you smell a musty, damp smell, check the area for any of the other signs we’ve laid out here.
8. Health issues
Mold in your home can impact your family’s health. If you or your loved ones begin to experience itchy, watery eyes, recurring sinus issues—like a blocked or runny nose—sore throats, or sneezing, check your home thoroughly for any of the other mold signs we’ve listed.
9. Accelerated wear and tear
Moisture issues can cause paint and wallpaper to peel, and carpet to fray or stain around the edges. Parquet and wood flooring may show signs of rising or buckling, too. These signs of moisture preclude mold growth within your walls or floorboards.
10. Visible fungus
Whether the mold shows as small, dark spots, or large, blooming areas of fungus, visible mold is the tip of the iceberg.
Essentially, any are where there is damp or moisture in your home will be prone to mold growth. By monitoring these areas closely, and remedying the situation, we can prevent mold before it takes hold and threatens your investment and wellbeing.
Think mold is infesting your home? Call Austin’s #1 water restoration experts for total peace of mind.