Mold on air conditioning register.

How to Detect Mold in House

Do you see signs of mold in your house? If so, the first thing to note is that it doesn’t suggest anything about the cleanliness of your property. Often, homeowners feel embarrassed by the presence of mold. In reality, it could be something as simple as poor airflow or poor positioning of wet clothes. Either way, a professional mold inspection will help as an expert uses their experience and know-how to detect mold.

Signs of Mold in Your House

Before you think about a mold expert visiting your home, what are some of the biggest signs of mold in your house? One of the most obvious signs is if you see or smell mold. Sometimes, people attribute a musty, earthy smell to their wet tennis shoes when it’s actually mold in the property. Whether in the wall, your carpet, or another location, the first thing to monitor is a musty odor (especially when air fresheners and clean tennis shoes don’t seem to alleviate the problem!).

Secondly, you may constantly feel under the weather. Have you had cold or flu symptoms that don’t seem to disappear? If so, it could be that you have mold in the property and that this is affecting your health. If you have allergies, the allergens produced by mold can cause itchy eyes, irritated skin, sneezing, coughing, and other side effects.

Remember, mold doesn’t always look the same. While it might look black on the walls in the bathroom, it could have a green or white appearance on carpet or another location. Therefore, it might be that you recently cleaned up mold from materials in your home without even realizing it.

DIY Kits and Mold Specialists

As a homeowner, the good news is that you’ll find mold exposure tests in home improvement stores if you see signs of mold in your house. These are designed for homeowners with no experience in this field in mind, so you shouldn’t have any problems following the instructions and performing a basic test. With most tests, you’ll brush the surface and send it to a lab for analysis.

Unfortunately, the problem with these home kits is that some people don’t use the test strip properly. Also, DIY kits don’t help when you can’t access the mold – for instance, this is true when it’s under the carpet or inside the wall. Just in case this wasn’t enough, the third problem is that testing kits are inefficient.

Let’s say that you buy a testing kit and send it to the lab. By the time you have the results, the mold has spread further throughout your home and caused even more problems. If you suspect mold, you don’t need to find out what type of mold is on the walls. Instead, you need a mold expert to remove the mold from your property and get your home in a better position for family members and guests again.

First Call Response

If you suspect or see signs of mold in your house, we highly recommend contacting First Call Response today. Our team of mold specialists will use the most advanced mold detection techniques to locate the problem and start the mold remediation process. As well as removing mold, we’ll also provide advice regarding the source so that you don’t need to call us again in a couple of weeks.

When mold gets into a property, it doesn’t take long to spread. The longer you leave it, the more it spreads (and the more problems it causes for residents!). Call First Call Response for a professional mold inspection and a solution to all your problems. Whether poor airflow or plumbing leaks, we can help!

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