As they say, the first step toward recovery is realizing you have a problem. Sometimes mold in the home is obvious, but often it takes a good deal of attention to the condition of your house to realize that there may be hidden mold growing. Here are some subtler signs to watch out for that may indicate the presence of stealthy mold:
- Odor: If certain parts of your house smell a bit musty, but you can't find the source, you should err on the side of caution and have your house inspected. Oftentimes an unpleasant moldy smell is the only thing that tips off homeowners to the mold growing in their home.
- Allergies: If you have seasonal allergies that seem aggravated for no clear reason, or if you have started developing allergies unexpectedly while living in your home, this can be a sign of mold. This is especially likely to be the case if you experience relief from your symptoms when you leave the house.
- Moisture: Houses with water leaks or especially damp areas are hospitable environments for mold. If you find peeling or bubbling wallpaper or discoloration on the walls, it can indicate that there is mold growing underneath. If condensation often builds up in certain areas, be sure to check them regularly for mold.
- Toxic symptoms: Toxic mold is no joke, and can lead to serious mental problems such as dizziness, short attention span, headaches and memory loss. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and suspect that mold may be the cause, you should schedule a mold inspection immediately.
Never fear — Alban Inspections is here to help you tackle your mold problem head-on. If you live in the Maryland/Virginia/Washington D.C. area, contact us today and schedule an appointment for a home inspection.