In large quantities, mold can negatively impact air quality in your home. But how can you tell if you have a mold problem? We’ve put together a short list of common signs that mold could be growing in your home in Atlanta. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, you should call a qualified mold removal specialist immediately.
Visually See Mold
Mold growth is pretty common your bathroom. You normally will see black or gray spots of mold growing on shower curtains, shower doors or around your sink. But in your basement, cellar or attic, mold might be more difficult to spot.
Mold has a very distinct smell. If you notice a persistent, “earthy” smell in certain rooms and areas of your house there’s a good chance that it’s mold. If you notice that whenever you turn on your heater or your air conditioning that there’s a musty smell, there might be mold in your ducts. The only way to be sure is to have a professional mold detection company come out and go through your house.
Mold reproduces by releases spores into the air. The spores float around in the air until they land on a surface. Once there, they can start to reproduce and releases even more spores. When you inhale spores there can be a number of physical responses. Common symptoms include headache, sneezing, irritated eyes, runny nose and irritation of mucous membranes including your throat, nasal cavities and lungs.
Recent Water Damage
There one thing that mold absolutely has to have in order to grow: moisture. Without moisture, mold can’t exist. If you recently had a flood or a pipe break, there could be moisture still present in your floor or walls that is allowing mold to grow. Mold doesn’t always appear after water damage, but it is something to be aware of. One common culprit for this is your air conditioning unit condensation lines. These lines drain water away from your AC system. If they get clogged the unit will leak water which can allow for mold growth.
If you suspect that you may have mold in your home in Atlanta, you should call Cool Air Mechanical immediately. Mold is not something to be taken lightly. It needs to be removed by a professional and treated as soon as possible.