Identifying Mold In Your Home
Mold is a huge problem for lots of people. It’s hard to find something more commonplace, pervasive, and damaging than mold. It can have detrimental effects on your health and happiness if it finds its way into your living environment. Did you know that 93% of chronic sinus infections are attributed to mold? That’s just one statistic, and there are many things that mold causes; not very many of them good. Perhaps an even more alarming statistic is that, according to the American Bar Association, there has been a 200% increase in defect mold litigation in construction over the last five years! That means there are 200% more cases out there that are dealt with improperly, putting the health and welfare of all related parties at risk! If you suspect mold in your home, it is important to get help from someone with expertise and integrity.
If you suspect mold in your home but are not sure how to properly assess it, you’ve come to the right place with MA Restoration. Here are a few suggestions to help you identify mold in your home.
- Signs of water damage. If you can identify or know that you have experienced water damage recently, than you can be sure that your risk of having mold in the affected areas has gone significantly up. Mold can begin to grow on damp or moist surfaces in as little as 48 hours.
- Funky smells. Pay attention to smells that are out of the ordinary, especially if they are musty smelling, or are located in areas of your home where water might have a hard time escaping through evaporation or where pipes or other moisture sources may leak. Basements, kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms are common culprits.
- Allergy symptoms. Many people and animals have adverse allergic reactions to mold, and you may notice symptoms before you notice other indications of mold. Your symptoms are especially likely to be as a result of mold in your home if they get worse when you are home, as opposed to when you are on the go.
- Visible mold growth. This may seem obvious, but it can be surprisingly easy to think that small spots of mold are nothing more than dirt or other grime. Be careful and investigate any suspicious clutters, because mold growth on the outside of the walls of your home is probably an indication of a much larger mold problem elsewhere, where it may cause structural damage.
If you notice these things or other things that have you suspecting mold growth, take action right away! Mold growth doesn’t get better with time if you leave it be; it only gets worse. Proper and early steps against mold will save you time and effort in the long run. For expert, careful mold remediation in the Worchester area, be sure to give MA Restoration a call right away. We will have your back in making sure your home is back to normal as soon as possible.