Household mold infestations don't always have visible signs, especially since mold prefers dark, dank conditions, which is why the presence of mold colonies often goes undetected for long periods of time. However, early prevention is key to keeping mold populations under control. The following are four indications that your home may be suffering from a mold infestation.
You Have Constant Low-Level Respiratory Issues
Although mold can cause severe allergic reactions that can land you in the hospital, it also causes lower-level issues that make you feel as if you're on the verge of catching a cold or the flu. Mold infestations often affect homeowners more during the winter months because air circulation is limited in that season. Advances in construction technology have resulted in airtight seals around doors and windows, which are good for keeping heating and cooling costs down, but they can also result in keeping mold spores contained indoors.
Your Home Has an Unexplained Musty Odor No Matter How Much You Clean
Mold infestations often come with a telltale musty odor that doesn't seem to go away no matter what — you can clean your place thoroughly from top to bottom and still not get rid of the smell. Sometimes, household cleaning products that contain heavy chemical fragrances can mask the odor of mold for a couple of days or so, but it always comes back once the scent wears off.
Your Paint Is Bubbling
If the paint on your walls develops unexpected bubbling, chances are good that a mold infestation is a part of the picture. This bubbling is caused by moisture in the walls, and when there's this much moisture in the picture, mold colonies are almost a given — especially in areas where you can't see visual signs of them, such as under paint. Homeowners often try to remedy this by applying a fresh coat of paint, but that's just covering up the problem. In cases where mold colonies exist in the walls, you really need to contact a professional mold remediation service.
Your Hardwood Flooring Feels Squishy
Hardwood flooring is another spot where mold infestations are likely to gain a foothold. Because wood is porous, it attracts and retains moisture. Like bubbling paint on the walls, the squishy feeling you may experience when walking on your wood flooring isn't caused by the mold itself — it's the result of the conditions that make mold infestations likely.
To learn more about mold, contact mold remediation professionals in your area.