Here are some ways to identify mold and a few common signs that mold may be present:
- A damp, musty smell: Sometimes, mold and mildew will give off a damp, musty, or sour smell that can alert you to their presence. An otherwise clear surface can hide mold growing within walls and other materials. Investigate any odors and have suspect areas examined and treated by qualified professionals.
- Visible mold: Most mold appears as clusters of small black spots on surfaces in your home or business. However, molds can occur with different colors and textures. Finding small areas of mold may seem like a minor problem, but it isn’t. Mold spores can grow and spread quickly. In addition, the amount of mold visible on the surface is often far less than what lurks beneath. For example, black mold that is visible on carpeting is most likely also present in the padding and flooring as well.
- Cracking or peeling wallpaper: Cracking, peeling, or bubbling in wallpaper can be signs of moisture or even mold growth in the walls. Wallpaper that feels damp to the touch indicates a serious moisture problem that should be investigated immediately because of the risk of mold growth.
- Respiratory issues: Respiratory illnesses that recur frequently or last unusually long may be a sign that mold is present. Those with asthma or other breathing issues may be most affected. Ongoing cold or flu-like symptoms (especially those that seem to improve when you are gone for a while) may be the result of inhaling air contaminated by mold. Respiratory issues combined with any other indication of mold should be treated immediately.
Call Continuum Restoration at (337) 427-3888 for expert assistance in identifying mold in your property.
The risks of untreated mold include:
- The spread of mold into the structure and foundation of your property leads to expensive repairs
- Your family or employees experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms or suffering from headaches
- An unpleasant musty or damp smell that doesn’t go away
- Further secondary damage may not be covered by your insurance.