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Healthy Home Series: Recognizing The Presence of Mold

Mold is a naturally occurring substance that can appear in almost any home, which is why it is key to know and recognize the signs of mold growth so you can take action right away. Taking swift action is the best way to ensure that mold growth stops and never comes back. Here are some of the ways you can recognize the presence of mold in your home.

Identify Any Leaks and Inspect The Area

While mold is naturally present in the air, it is only one of the components needed for mold growth to take hold in the home. In order to actually start growing on a surface in the home, mold needs a water source to latch on to. This is why it is so important to identify any leaks as soon as you can and make sure the area around the leak is properly dried. Even after the leak is resolved, you can still have mold growth thanks to the dampness that remains if you don’t dry the area properly.

Keep Your Other Senses Sharp

One of the little-known facts about mold is that it has a distinct smell. Because mold likes to grow in dark and hidden areas, it can be hard to see it when it first starts growing. The smell may be first sign of mold taking hold on a hidden surface, such as:

  • Inside a crawl space
  • Within a closet
  • Under carpeting and other textiles

The smell of mold is hard to describe, but it is often compared to a stale, dirty smell, similar to old laundry or a home that hasn’t been live in for some time. It usually has a humid or wet component due to the water part of the mold’s composition.

Check Empty Spaces Often

The rooms of your home that don’t get much use can be the site of a problem, so be sure to check them regularly for any signs of possible mold growth contributors, like:

  • Windows that do not close properly, which can allow water in
  • Wet spots on the carpet or wall surfaces
  • Condensation on any surfaces

Address any issues right away to avoid mold from latching on and having a foothold to grow. Once mold starts growing, it can grow at an alarming rate and be hard to stop. Preventing it is well worth your while.

Remember, if you think there is mold growing in your home,  you should call a professional mold removal service to have the area properly treated. If you have a homeowners insurance policy, this cost may be covered under your policy. Five Star Claims Adjusting can help you file a claim and get it approved as fast as possible. Click here to get started.