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5 Telltale Signs Your Home Has Black Mold

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Have you been suspicious that your home might contain black mold?

Black mold is a serious issue that needs to be taken care of as soon as possible. It's aesthetically unappealing, it can spread with ease, and it may cause health effects if left untreated.

So how do you know if your home contains toxic black mold? We're here to help. Keep reading to learn 5 common signs of black mold, so you know what to look out for.

1. Condensation

If you don't notice any obvious puddles, leaks, or drips, you may think that you're safe from the problems that black mold brings.

You'd be mistaken.

Condensation is another sign that there's moisture in your home somewhere, and that moisture can turn to mold before you know it. Check on your doors, windows, and walls to see if there's a fine layer of condensation. If so, seek out a professional to find that mold. 

2. New Smells

Mold tends to have a "musty" smell. Many of us recognize it as a common smell in basements and attics. If a room with mold is closed up for too long and then reopened, you'll notice the smell immediately. 

This smell may also come through the heaters and air conditioners, making it spread throughout the home. 

This smell is a sure sign that there's some kind of moisture causing mold or mildew in the home. Find it or find a professional who can. 

3. Quick Growth

If you already know that you have mold, but you're unsure of whether or not it's black mold, check out how it grows and spreads.

Aside from the color (dark brown to black), black mold is made obvious by how quickly it spreads. It can start with a small patch and expand in no time at all. You need to seek help as soon as possible, so it doesn't spread too far for you to treat it. 

4. Bubbling or Peeling Walls

If you haven't noticed any leaks, puddles, or condensation, how can you know that you have moisture and mold?

One of the sure signs is that your walls will start to change. If you have wallpaper, it can begin peeling. If you have paint, it will start to bubble up. The space underneath the paint or wallpaper may be soft and spongy. 

5.  Darkened Grout

Everyone's grout in the bathroom gets a bit dingy from time to time. It's always good to give it a good cleaning once in a while to keep it bright and new.

But what if your grout is looking suspiciously dark, seemingly all at once? 

This is a sign that black mold has made a home in your restroom. This color might be harder to remove than typical "grout gunk." Don't waste time; contact a pro for help. 

Is There Black Mold In Your Home?

Do you have pesky black mold growing somewhere in your home? Don't let it linger. You can take care of it today.

We want to help you with your black mold problem. Contact us to request a visit from a professional or to ask any relevant questions about your black mold issue. We'd love to help!

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