3 Signs You Have Mold in Your House

Mold can grow in any home, as long as the conditions are right, and can cause long-term health problems if not removed from the home. You might think that the only way to tell if you have mold in your house is by seeing overt signs of mold, however that is not the case. There are a few warning signs that mold might be growing in your home that you should be aware of.

Strange Smell

If you have mold in your home, most likely it will be accompanied by a pungent odor. Mold emits odor as it grows in your home. Mold smells musty and damp, due to its growth in and near moisture. Since mold can grow behind walls, behind wallpaper, and i other hidden areas of your home, and odd smell is a good way to determine if you have a mold problem or not. If you notice a strange odor in certain areas of your home, it might be due to mold, especially if you notice a strange odor in areas of your home that are damp, such as the shower area.

Health Issues

Long-term mold exposure, even if you can't see the mold, can cause health issues to crop up in you or in your family members. There are many different types of health problems that can manifest due to mold exposure:

  • Listlessness
  • Congestion
  • Watery Eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy Eyes 

If you notice that you or your family members are suddenly experiencing these symptoms, it might be due to the presence of mold in your home. 

Damage to Your Home

Certain types of damage to your home could be indicative of mold problems. For instance, if you have water damaged spots in your home that seem to be getting darker, it may be due to the presence of mold. If you notice that your paint or wallpaper starts to be bubbling, cracking or peeling away from the wall, it may be due to the fact that mold is growing behind the paint or wallpaper, causing it to shift and become damaged. Warped or bowing wood in your home means that it has been water damaged, and water damage causes mold growth, so this also might be a symptom of mold in your home.

If you haven't seen any mold in your home, but have experienced some of the above warning signs, you might have a mold problem in your house. Contact a professional that can conduct a mold inspection and can determine if you do have mold and then help you take the steps to remedy your mold problem.