2 Signs Of Possible Hidden Mold Problem In Your House
If you have recently had a water leak in your house or the weather has been unusually humid, you may start to worry that you have a mold problem in your house. Unfortunately, depending on where the water damage or moisture is strongest, you may not actually see any growth. If so, look for the following signs that you may have a hidden mold problem in your house.
1. Tell-Tale Musty Odor That Is Stronger in Certain Areas
One of the first signs that may alert you to a hidden mold problem in your house is a tell-tale musty odor. This odor results from the breakdown of materials by the spreading mold as well as the fungi's byproducts.
At first, you may only detect a slight smell throughout your house that may increase slightly as you move toward the source. However, as the mold growth spreads within your walls, floors, ceiling, or behind plumbing fixtures, you may notice that the odor gets much stronger in those areas.
If you are unable to determine exactly from where the smell is emanating, start at one corner of the room, and slowly walk around, inhaling as you go. Take notes of any areas where the odor seems stronger so that you or an inspector can investigate further.
2. Wallpaper Becomes Loose and Is Easily Pulled Back
Another sign that your house has a mold problem can be found by looking at your wallpaper, especially in areas where moisture is prevalent such as the bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room. Even if you do not see any mold growth, it could be growing underneath the wallpaper and affecting the covering's ability to stick.
Examine the wallpaper in each room by first checking the corners to see if you can easily lift the paper. If so, pull it toward you slightly to see if you find any evidence of mold growth. After checking the corners, run your hand firmly along the walls to see if the wallpaper crinkles in large areas. If so, there may be hidden mold underneath it, especially if the musty odor is stronger in that area.
If you have noticed the above signs, you may have hidden mold growth that could adversely affect your household members, especially if they have a problem with allergies or asthma. Contact a company that offers mold inspection services to have them determine the extent of the growth and discuss your options for dealing with it.
To learn more, reach out to a company like Common Sense Inspections.