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4 Signs of Mold Damage in a Home

Posted on November 11th, 2016 by

Mold is the ultimate pest because it can easily spread without you knowing it’s there, and it’s also extremely difficult to get rid of. It’s important to know what to look for so you can stop the mold problem before it gets out of hand. The flooring and design experts at Unique Flooring discuss 4 of the most common signs of mold damage in the home.

1. Moisture

Flooring with moisture problems is an easy place for mold to grow, particularly carpet. If your floors and other surfaces are unusually damp or wet and have moisture stains, there’s a good chance mold has developed in those spots. Surfaces with irregularities caused by water, such as peeling or cracking, might also have mold growing in them. In the event of leaks, mold is often not far behind.

2. Allergies and Sickness

If you feel more congested, sneeze more, and have worse overall health in the home than you do elsewhere, there’s a chance mold is causing your discomfort. Whether or not you have allergies, mold will still have an effect on your body. Typical symptoms resulting from exposure to mold include burning eyes, a runny nose, and fatigue. Pay special attention to your allergies when you leave the house because mold might be the culprit if your symptoms go away when you’re not at home.

3. Odor

Even if you don’t see mold, its pungent smell is often a dead giveaway. The odor can get through flooring as well as wallpaper and other installations, but it won’t spread much further than where the mold actually is. However, should the smell persist, it’s probably time to inspect for mold in the area.

4. Actually Seeing Mold

Mold strains come in different forms. White, black, gray, brown, and green are all common mold colors, and they range from threadlike to small spot clusters. Depending on the layout of your home, mold isn’t always visible. Sometimes it might look like dirt or dust. Be wary of the other signs mentioned above if you’re concerned about an unseen mold infestation.

Reduce your chances of getting mold beneath your floors by installing a moisture-resistant type of flooring. At Unique Flooring, we carry many different styles of the tile, laminate, and vinyl planks flooring San Diego homeowners swear by. Stop by our showroom or give us a call at 760-945-0010 and one of our representatives would be happy to assist you.

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