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3 Ways to Check for Mold

Mold is something you don’t want inside your home. Mold is a fungus that grows from tiny spores and floats in the air. They can grow anywhere especially in moist places and that includes damp places inside your home. Mold is a common issue in homes as they can cause damage and have a negative impact on your health.
So, what are the steps if you have mold? It is always better to be sure that you are dealing with it to know how to stop its growth and prevent it from multiplying.
Look for visible signs of mold
Of course, the easiest step to know if the mold exists is when you see one. Mostly, it appears black, dark green, or dark brown. It also has a stain-like appearance. Mold grows in moist places, so check those areas in your house that are dark, enclosed and prone to moisture. You might also want to check water stains or paint bubbling. Check out your basement too especially around the baseboards and appliances such as your dryer and washer.

Other places around the home to check are:
Shower area/bathroom
Below your sink
Areas with plumbing lines
Around your windows
In ventilation ducts
Under your carpet or floorboards
Areas around your ceiling tiles

You smell something damp and musty
If you can’t visibly see molds because of area is too dark, then you can rely on your sense of smell. Mold generally they have earthy or musty odor. So pay attention to areas that has stronger damp smell.

Your allergies will be triggered
Mold poses dangers to our home as well as to our health if they are left untreated and allowed to grow uncontrollably. They trigger respiratory ailments and any allergies that you have such as allergic rhinitis. Symptoms of mold-related allergies include wheezing, shortness of breath, itchy nose or skin, watery eyes, frequent sneezing, skin rashes, runny nose, and others.
Knowing these steps to check mold can prevent them from building up over time. You can purchase mold testing kits to determine if it is present in specific areas in your home. These testing kits can be bought in many home improvement stores equipped with instructions on how to use them. For more information on mold remediation and removal, contact Proclean of Maryland and Virginia today.