Mold can range from pesky to a high-risk health concern, but its presence alone does not cause structural damage; however, it usually means something else is going on. Ignoring the signs will only allow the underlying issue to worsen. By the time you see mold, you’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg. It’s a sign of potential water damage or may follow other types of emergencies, such as a fire or vehicle impact, if not addressed promptly or properly.
First, it is important to identify the signs of mold. Some are visual and easy to find, but others may be less obvious. If you suspect the presence of mold, it’s best to address it right away. Call a professional and request a mold inspection. By the time you see mold, what you’re seeing is the tip of the iceberg, and no amount of scrubbing will remove it. That would be the time to call a mold removal specialist.
If you’re experiencing some of the signs below, it may mean mold is present in your home or office.
- Allergy-like symptoms (runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes): If these symptoms are more severe, last longer than usual, or become more frequent after spending time in a certain room, it may mean mold is the cause. Its presence can also make it tougher for you to recover from a cold or other minor respiratory infections. Start paying close attention to when and where you experience these symptoms.
- Fatigue: Another tough-to-place physical symptom is fatigue. Everybody reacts differently, but if you find that you’re consistently tired and have ruled out other causes, mold could be to blame.
- Dark grout in the shower tiles: This one is easy to identify and luckily, it’s usually a harmless kind of mold. If you’ve recently experienced water damage or a leak near the shower/tub, it could be signs of something more toxic. Only a trained mold removal specialist can properly handle the situation.
Of course, you may find dark grout in the flooring and kitchen too. Those are often caused by shoes tracking dirt in or splatters during cooking.
- Funny smell from Heat or A/C: Mold usually comes with a musty smell but if you only notice it when the air kicks on, it’s probably inside your HVAC system. This occurs