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How To Detect Mold Growth In Your Home or Business

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Detect Mold Growth In Your Home or Business In this photo, a wooden baseboard provided the cellulose mold needed to grow in a humid room in our customer's home.

There may not be too many things home or business owners can hear that will make them feel as bummed out about their home than “You have visible mold.”    The fact that the message our customer’s smart-aleck brother delivered the message by saying, “Nice biology experiment you’ve got growing there on your bathroom wall, John!” didn’t make it go down any easier.

We know our customer’s want this disgusting and potential health risk gotten rid of right away so we offer rapid removal services.  Of course, it’s better to catch mold growth yourself.  After all, who wants a smart-aleck brother offering a snide comment like that? 

As an assist to all family members everywhere, we at SERVPRO have compiled a checklist of ways to detect potential mold in their house.

About Mold

Mold grows in moist places where it can find cellulose fibers to eat.  It can be found anywhere and everywhere inside and outside the home.   It only takes 48 hours for a mold culture to start growing, so in the case of water damage, acting rapidly to proceed with restoration can actually help you avoid the necessity of mold remediation later!

Finding Mold

Just follow your nose.

You know that smell that wet laundry gets if it doesn’t get tried soon enough?  Mold smells like that.  It’s a musty, earthy, slightly sweet odor.  If your mold growth isn’t actually visible, but you still have that odd, lingering odor, it’s a good guess that mold may be involved. 

Look for these tell-tale signs

Mold comes in many colors, but we wouldn’t suggest decorating your home with it!

Common colors include green, grey, brown, white and black.  Black mold is actually most commonly found. 

Look in wet areas

Good places to check include your kitchen and bathroom sinks, bathtubs and shower stalls.  Laundry rooms are also common places for mold to start growing.  If your home has a basement, you should check there, too.  If your basement tends to leak in the rainy season or if you notice that odd, musty smell there, it’s almost certain. 

What’s Up?

No, really.  Have you seen water spots on your ceiling?  It could mean that you have condensation or humidity issues there.  You may have trapped water above your ceiling from a recent rain that has allowed mold to grow.  Likewise, there might be a leaky pipe running through an attic that’s creating enough moisture for mold to take hold.

Follow your footsteps

Mold can also grow in the dust, debris and moisture collecting on your floor.  Carpet is a great sponge to retain water and its also terrific at trapping dust.  This creates the perfect environment for mold to start growing. 

Check your walls

Signs of paint peeling or wall staining might also indicate moisture exposure, so mold is a risk.  If you see these signs, look more closely.  Two things might be occurring.  One, the mold may be growing on the exterior surface of the wall.  Two, and worse, the mold may have begun on the interior side of the wall and spread and is now poking out the other side.  

What to Do Next

Now that you’ve discovered mold growth, the next thing to do right away is to call SERVPRO of Anaheim Hills in to start mold remediation!

We are trained and experienced in using moisture detecting sensors that will indicate whether you’ve got excessive moisture in your home.  If we detect it, our next step will be to help you call a testing lab in.  Assuming the lab test is positive, we’ll work with you to get a remediation plan in motion right away. 

To get moving on this, please give us a call at:  714-776-6222

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