When it comes to finding mold within your home, Fun Guy Inspections is here to provide you with a number of valuable tips. There are several steps that you can take to locate mold buildup in your residence, so be sure to read on and learn more.
- Look For Sources Of Intrusive Moisture
The easiest place to start is any spot in the home where there are currently active leaks. If the area is currently wet, this is a sign that mold is beginning to develop and it is in your best interests to locate the source.
Historic leaks can also cause intrusive moisture and these are more difficult to diagnose since the area will appear to be dry and no moisture is visible to the naked eye.
Sudden floods also lead to added moisture and must be addressed as quickly as possible. When a sudden flood occurs, homeowners must be proactive and ready to remedy the issue.
- Monitor Unpleasant Odors
If new and unpleasant odors are beginning to crop up inside of your residence, this is often a sign that mold has begun to grow in the walls and frame of the home.
Musty odors typically indicate the growth of mold and signal the presence of water intrusion to homeowners. Ignoring these types of scents and attempting to cover them up will only serve to make the problem even worse.
- Inspect For Irregular Building Deterioration
When searching for irregular building deterioration, there are certain telltale signs to watch out for. For starters, any kind of warping, swelling, or separating of the building materials is usually an indicator of moisture intrusion and potential rotting. Lifted roofing tiles can also be an indication, as well as dark wood flooring stains and excess moisture stains.
The sink, bathrooms and kitchens also need to be monitored for irregular wear patterns, in addition to deterioration of water proofing seals.
When linoleum flooring become discolored in certain buildings, this may mean that moisture has begun to seep in and the matter should be addressed immediately.
- Take Note of Changes In Temperature
If there are sudden or irregular changes in humidity or temperature, this is an indication of a pinhole leak that may have gone completely unnoticed. These leaks can also produce an irregular amount of humidity.
When the interior of a building has become excessively stuffy and this condition cannot be remedied by a simple adjustment to the thermostat, there is excessive moisture in the air that has begun to collect due to a lack of ventilation.
Should the temperatures inside of a building change in a severe manner, this can cause condensation and excess moisture build up on the wall surfaces of a home or business. All of the aforementioned circumstances only serve to increase the chances of mold growth on a structure’s interior.
- Watch For Adverse Reactions From Residents
Excessive sneezing, oppressive stuffiness, and irritated respiratory systems can all be caused by the onset of mold, as the presence of allergens may increase indoors.
Mold and bacteria growth that takes place in a building’s interior presents a massive health hazard to all those who live and work there. As mold and bacteria continue to grow, so does the presence of particulates and allergens.
The body’s primary response to these irritants can be severe, depending on the person’s level of tolerance to allergens, as well as their personal medical history. Allergens are also responsible for causing immune system functions to become compromised.
To gauge whether these reactions are being caused by the presence of excessive mold and bacteria, be sure to check for certain reactions. The reactions caused by mold and bacteria are similar to allergies, hay fever, the flu and certain rashes.
- Listen Closely
If the sounds inside of a building suddenly begin to change, this is often a sign of a mold related issue. There are certain sounds that you should be sure to listen for, including the sounds of dripping or spraying, as these can provide an indication of a hidden leak.
Be sure to listen very closely for sounds of wind intrusion when trying to find mold inside of your home, as these sounds can help to indicate where potential sources of moisture have begun to enter the structure.
It is also important to listen for running water near your faucets, as well as near the main water meter. Taking the time to listen for dripping water in every area of the house can allow you to stop the growth of mold before it has a chance to become too severe.
- If you need more help, call the professional mold inspectors at FunGuy Inspections
When you cannot locate the sources of mold intrusion, our staff of highly trained technicians is able to provide you with the help that you need. We can locate any source of moisture and diagnose the problem in an efficient and thorough manner.
If visible mold has begun to grow indoors, we are also able to locate these issues and remedy them quickly. Mold is not always visible to the untrained eye, which is why you may need a professional mold inspector to provide assistance.
We are also able to sample the air quality of the home and compare it to a sample of the air outdoors, which offers homeowners the chance to truly notice the difference. Allergen levels in both areas are also sampled by our staff.