What to Do if You Have a Mold Problem
Not all mold problems are serious. You’ll need first to identify the source of the problem. Next, assess the severity of the issue to determine if you can fix it yourself or if you’ll need to hire a professional.
Identifying the Problem
Visible signs of mold are the most obvious way to spot a problem. You may notice black spots on affected surfaces. The mold may also be white with a fuzzy appearance.
Another tell-tale sign is an odor. Mold tends to have a musty odor. Even though you may not see it (as is the case underneath carpeting), you may still smell it.
Areas of water damage are another sign you may have a mold problem. Discoloration or water spots on the ceiling or drywall could be an indicator of a mold problem. You may also notice the paint or wallpaper peeling.
If you’ve had past water leaks or flooding, chances are there is at least some mold damage somewhere. Remember, you may not always see the problem. That is why it is important to have a professional examine the area to determine if there is mold present.
Given the health problems mold causes, you may notice an unusual increase in allergy symptoms. Additionally, you may experience excessive sneezing, coughing, runny nose, sinus headaches or itchy skin.