Potential Signs of Mold
There are many types of molds that can grow in a home or commercial building. Many of these mold types produce a rotten, damp, or musty smell and are easy to recognize when it is present. However, not all types of molds have an odor and can go unnoticed.
Visible Mold Growth
This is the easiest warning sign that you have mold growth in your home or business. Mold may present itself in a variety of ways. Most mold appears in small clusters of black, brown, gray, green, or white spots. It is important to examine the walls and ceilings of your home or office building regularly for visible mold growth.
Previous Water Damage
If you have had any previous water damage in your home or business, it’s possible that the exposure to moisture over time has led to mold growth. Examine areas where any previous leaks or water damage has happened and look for warning signs such as stains, discoloration, cracks, or bubbles in the walls or ceilings.
Mold Allergy Symptoms or Health Issues
If someone starts experiencing allergy symptoms or health issues suddenly when living in or visiting your home or business, this could also be a sign that there is mold present. Common symptoms of mold allergies include coughing, sneezing, itchy throat, runny nose, headaches, and itchy skin. There are certain types of mold that can be toxic and cause more serious health issues as well. These symptoms can be as life-threatening as internal bleeding, organ damage, memory loss, cancer, and death.