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Mold is something that no one wants to find inside their home, especially not in multiple places. While finding mold in your home means that there is a serious problem, if you catch it early enough, you can fix it before the damage is severe.
Here are 7 signs that your home has mold:
1. Your Home Smells Musty
This is usually a telltale sign that you have mold in your home, because it has a distinct smell that comes with it.
If you keep finding yourself lighting candles and buying air freshener, checking the fridge to look for food that may have gone bad, taking the trash out and still smelling a musty smell, your home might have mold in it.
2. You and Your Family Have Colds that You Can’t Kick
Mold is a fungus, and a lot of people are allergic to it when it is in high quantities in a closed space. This is why if you or people in your home have been feeling under the weather and can’t get rid of it, you should have a mold inspection done on your home.
Having consistent cold or flu-like symptoms can be a sign of mold, because it can make allergies flare up, and is also damaging to lungs.
3. You Have Been Having Breathing Issues
Breathing issues – in people who have asthma and don’t – are a big sign that you have mold in your home.
Mold spores can become airborne and can get into lungs, and if you don’t normally have issues breathing but it has become worse over time, it is recommended to have a mold inspection done.
4. Your Home Floods Easily and has Flooded Before
If you know that your home is prone to flooding, or that you occasionally see damp spots on the floor or walls after it rains, you should get your home inspected for mold. Homes that are frequently damaged by water should be inspected frequently for mold damage.
Homes that get occasional water damage can have just as much mold as homes that get flooded every time there is moisture.
While nosebleeds are frequently attributed to dry weather, they can also be caused by a mold issue. Especially if you notice that you are getting nosebleeds more frequently than you usually do, this can be a sign of mold.
Mold causes respiratory irritation and sickness, which as a result can mean more nosebleeds.
A sign that your home may have mold in it is condensation on smooth surfaces, like metal or glass windows. Condensation means that your home is retaining moisture instead of allowing it to evaporate quickly.
A solution to this is getting a dehumidifier for your home to keep the moisture levels to a minimum. However, it is important to make sure to get a mold inspection as well to ensure that mold hasn’t already begun to grow.
7. If You See Mold
Finally, while this may seem obvious, seeing mold anywhere in your home is likely a sign that you have a mold problem. Once mold grows on the outside of walls, it is usually on the inside as well, and behind areas that are more protected.
If you see mold anywhere, think baseboards and corners, get a mold inspection to determine where else mold might be present in your home!
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