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Signs of a Mold Problem

 

1. High Humidity
If you live in an area with high humidity, then you should always be on the lookout for potential mold problems. Naturally, the outdoor humidity affect indoor humidity levels,

2. Water/Pipe Leaks
Mold needs moisture in order to grow and thrive. Many mold problems originate as a result of some kind of water intrusion, especially those that are not resolved quickly.

3. Flooding
Mold problems are very common after flooding for obvious reasons (plenty of moisture which is conducive for mold growth).

4. Mildewy/Musty Odors
Odors can often be the first or only sign of a potential mold problem, since mold commonly propagates in places not normally in view.

5. Increased Allergy/Respiratory Symptoms
If one or more people living in a house, or working in a building (especially if it is an unusually high percentage of occupants) begin suffering allergic reactions that seem to be associated with your home or building, then it could be due to the presence of high levels of mold, especially if other signs are also present.

6. Signs of Toxic Poisoning
Toxic black mold and other fungi produce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) during the process of degrading substances to obtain nutrition.

7. Leaky Roof
Like other types of water leaks, water intrusion through the roof is difficult to find until it is too late.

8. Use of Humidifiers without Relative Humidity Control
Using humidifiers can easily raise the moisture level in the air to the point where mold is able to grow at a rapid rate.

9. Damp Basements or Crawl Spaces
Basements and crawl spaces tend to receive less ventilation (especially crawl spaces), while also seeing cooler temperatures.

10. Condensation or Rusting
Condensation on or around pipes, windows, or walls is a sign of a leak or high humidity.

11. Lots of House Plants
House plants require consistent watering, which increases moisture levels inside.

12. Discoloration of Walls (Water Stains)
Yellowish stains on walls and ceilings are a sign of excessive moisture.

13. Cracked, Peeling Paint
This usually means that there is moisture build up behind the paint. By the time the paint shows these signs, the moisture has often had an opportunity to spawn the growth of mold within the wall.

14. Blocked Gutters
Gutters that are blocked can cause water to seep into walls, through the roof, and can cause water to collect at the base of the foundation, which will result in further water
damage in the home or building.

15. Warped Wood
Naturally, moisture is going to cause wood to warp. If wooden materials in your home have been infiltrated by enough water to actually warp, then sufficient levels of moisture
are probably present to accelerate mold growth.

16. Black Growth in Bathroom Tiles
Bathrooms are a favorite breeding ground of mold. The increased moisture and common presence of tile in bathrooms are each highly conducive to the proliferation of mold colonies.

17. Loosening of Drywall Tape
This is a sure sign that moisture has infiltrated the wall.

18. Visible Biological/Mold Growth
This may seem like an obvious sign, but many people do not take a little visible mold growth very seriously.

19. Clothes Dryers/Other Appliances Not Vented Outdoors
If the steam from these types of appliances is vented inside, then this significant amount of additional moisture creates a great environment for mold to flourish.
Properly Venting Combustion Appliances

20. Poor Ventilation
If the air pressure in your home is "negative", meaning the air pressure outside is greater than it is inside, then it will force moisture and contaminates back into the home.

21. Presence of Wet Materials Indoors
This can include rags, steam from cooking, indoor clothes lines, carpet, or furniture. If these or other items are damp for extended periods of time, then the moisture level can
be high enough to accommodate mold growth.

22. Mold Test
There are a variety of sampling techniques that can be used to help determine whether or not you have excessive levels of mold. There are mold tests that take samples from the
air, and some that take samples from surfaces. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages.

 

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