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Mold spores are virtually naked to the human eye and this makes it difficult to recognize any activity at the start of any mold formation. However, there are certain places that you can look for mold. Some of these mold hot spots are easily visible while others require slightly more effort to discover. Fortunately, knowing the places where mold activity may occur provides enough time to have a mold professional safely remove any activity that is noticed before it can become hazardous to your health.
Before searching for mold, there are a few warning signs that should prompt you to immediately seek a professional mold removal service. Those red flags are the following:
You are suffering allergic symptoms
Musty and damp odor
Prior water problem, for example: flooding, leaking pipes, leaking roof…
Even if none of these red flags are present, you must not fall prey to a sense of false security. You should still be proactive by performing visual inspections for potential mold activity as even a small buildup of mold is a sign that your house harbors ideal conditions. Therefore, any mold activity found should be taken seriously.
Common Places to Find Mold
When searching for mold, you must check every room in your household, especially the attic, the bathroom, and the basement. Pay special attention to areas near water sources such as sinks, pipes, showers, and bathtubs. While searching, if you find any water leaks, note it and resolve immediately as water intrusion is a main factor that promotes mold growth. Some other common places for the growth of mold include drywall, carpets, insulation, as well as ventilation ducts. Objects like these are usually made up of cellulose materials which can retain moisture. After you inspect your home, be sure to hire a mold inspector if you find even the smallest hint of mold activity. Getting ahead of the problem is key to maintaining a safe and healthy home that is free of abnormal levels of mold.
Mold often tend to hide in plain sight. It is often within an arm’s reach of where you are passing by, but you may not be aware it is presence. Places like above ceilings tiles, under wooden floors, or in air conditioning ducts are also locations that hidden mold may exist. If you find small spots of mold on a surface, it could mean there is a much larger mold colony growing on the hidden side. In such an instance, hire a professional to inspect the location. Eradicator Mold Professionals possess the proper safety equipment and experience to advise of protocols that should be taken to remove. These qualities ensure that the appropriate measures needed during a mold inspection and/or mold removal process will be executed. Precaution is key in the search and removal of mold. Eradicator mold professionals will ensure that during the removal process mold spores will not spread to other surfaces.
Whether in plain sight or in the dark shadows mold is not a fungus that one should take lightly and it is also important to be aware that it may cause “a risk of respiratory or other infections in individuals with compromised immune systems, damaged lungs or an allergy to mold.” Knowing which places to examine and what to look for will help you keep your house—and by extension, yourself— healthy. Therefore, check often and early (especially after heavy rain) when you notice damp spots and/or smell a musty odor. If you notice any signs that promote mold activity feel free to contact us and one of our dedicated mold professionals will determine if our services are right for you.