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Mold isn’t always obvious to spot; it likes to hide behind things, underneath things, and inside things. Just because the mold isn’t visible doesn’t mean that it isn’t harmful, and you and your family could still experience respiratory and health issues from inhaling it. If you’re worried about hidden mold in your home, here are five things to look out for.
- A musty smell
Mold tends to smell old and musty, even when it is hiding out behind or underneath something. If you walk into a room in your home and it smells old and musty, then this could be an indication that there’s hidden mold somewhere, and you should have it checked out.
Mold growing inside your walls can sometimes show as dark spots on your paintwork. Similarly, mold growing under the carpet often presents as dark patches around the edges or in circles. If you have mold growing under your carpet, then it is usually best to replace it with a new carpet r to invest in hardwood floors which will improve the value of your home.
Mold loves to grow in moist and warm environments, and so any damp areas in your home are potential hazard zones for mold. Even if you can’t see any mold right away, it is usually there getting ready to bloom, and so even if you have fixed the damp issue, it is worth having a mold expert check out the area for any hidden areas that remain.
- Sneezing or coughing
Mold often causes allergy-like symptoms such as sneezing or coughing. Although a cough or a sneeze isn’t automatically an indication of mold in your home, if you or your family are repeatedly showing these symptoms, even outside of allergy season, then this could be because you are inhaling mold spores inside your home.
- Your paint is bubbling
Bubbling paintwork in the bathroom or anywhere else in your home is most often caused by excess moisture in the walls, and when there’s moisture, there’s usually mold. If you spot bubbling paintwork, then don’t pop the bubbles as this can allow more mold spores into your home, seek expert advice.
How to fix a mold problem
Mold may be scary, but the good news is that it can usually be cleared up and prevented from coming back by using the services of a mold remediation expert. A mold remediation expert will be able to find your mold problem even if it is hidden and can also identify why it is occurring by looking for sources of damp or poor ventilation. Having seen the root of the problem, they can then help you clean away the existing mold and advise you on how to stop it from coming back for good.
Places to check for mold
If you’re worried about hidden homes for mold, then here are some places to check:
- Behind your wardrobe or drawers
- Under your kitchen cabinets
- Under your bathtub or shower tray
- Around the edges of your carpets
- In the attic
So there you have it – five signs that you may have hidden mold in your home, what to do about it, and where to check. Have you ever had a mold problem? Let me know how you fixed it in the comments.