Mold has an important purpose in nature, breaking down organic material. Mold in the home causes property damage and can lead to or worsen health issues. Keep your home safe and healthy by taking care of mold growth as soon as you notice it. The following are common signs of mold to look out for.

Peeling Wallpaper Can Be a Sign of Mold in the Home

If the wallpaper is peeling or cracking, this is a sign of moisture. Moisture is necessary for mold growth, so if you notice peeling wallpaper or bubbling paint, look for damp areas. Locate any condensation or leaks and remedy the problem before you replace the wallpaper or repaint.

Dark Shower Grout

If the grout between your shower tiles has become darker, it’s likely you’re looking at mold.  Put on gloves and a mask and scrub the grout with bleach to remove the mold.

Asthma or Allergies May Be Cause By Mold in the Home

If you or a family member begin experiencing allergy-like symptoms, including sneezing, itchy eyes, headache, coughing, or shortness of breath, this could be a sign of mold growth. Mold spores can exacerbate already existing conditions, like asthma, or cause new symptoms.

Frequent sneezing fits or a persistent runny nose in the house mean you should check the home for mold. One way to help determine the problem is to pay attention to these symptoms away from home. If you feel relief when you’re out of the house, the problem likely exists within the home.

Musty Odors

Do you notice a musty smell that doesn’t go away even after thoroughly cleaning the house? This is one of the classic signs of mold in the home. Call a mold professional to take a look if you have a moldy, musty, damp odor that persists.

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