Before you can deal with a mold problem, you’ve got to know you have one. Mold comes in many different forms, but there are many signs and causes that can help you find them. Below are three of the most common ways to find mold growth, from issues that usually lead to mold growth, to health conditions that are caused directly by them. Only after finding the mold, can you start treating the problem.
Potential Causes of Mold and Mildew Growth
The first question to ask is if the environment of the building is right for mold to grow in the first place. Mold doesn’t need a lot to grow; moisture and a temperate climate are all they really need. While temperature inside a home or business should be high enough, enough moisture will be the deciding factor. If you’ve got any of these three conditions, you’re a prime candidate for mold growth.
- Water Leaks: Do you have leaking pipes, weeping basements, or some other form of drips, leaks, or pooling of water inside? Often this is a prime area for mold to grow, especially if this moisture runs along a surface like a wall or ceiling.
- Recent Flooding: Did you have water damage from an overflow, flood, or another source of water damage like a winter ice dam? While you’ve cleaned up the damage, water could have pooled out of sight, especially in the basement.
- Condensation: Do you have parts of your home or building that fog up on a regular basis? Does machinery create a large amount of steam or condensation in the area? These could also be signs of a larger humidity or ventilation problem.
Signs of Mold Growth
You have probably seen and smelled mold before. Mold usually appears starting as a discoloration or spots on surfaces and can grow to be velvety or hair-like. Mold can appear as many colors, such as green, blue, gray, black, yellow, or off-white. The smell is musty and unpleasant, similar to mildew.
Mold Exposure Allergies and Health Issues
Depending on where this mold is growing, it may not easily be detected. One of the ways to detect a mold issue is if you or other people in your home or business start experiencing reactions common to mold exposure. Depending on the type and level of mold and the natural allergies and reactions, people may experience allergic reactions or a mold infection. Toxic mold (created by molds such as black mold) can cause burning sensations in the mouth, nose, and throat, and can be quite serious.
If you think you have a mold issue, we can help. Fiber Control Inc. provides mold containment and remediation services alongside our asbestos and lead RRP services, which allows us to help spot other potential issues in your home or business. Contact us today, and we’ll help you with your mold problem.