Mold and mildew are fungal organisms that are found everywhere, they grow rapidly wherever moisture is present. Mold and mildew have very little difference. In fact, mildew is just mold in its infancy. These two organisms serve an important function in our environment by decomposing organic matter such as leaves, which enriches the soil. However, humans are less benefited by mold and mildew. If you live in a home with mold damages, you may suffer serious health problems, including headaches, respiratory problems, sinus congestion, and irritated eyes, noses, or throats. People with existing respiratory disorders, infants, children, pregnant women, and elderly individuals are especially vulnerable to mold damage. But most of the time molds and mildews are not a problem and it’s really impossible to get rid of every mold spores as they are a part of our environment. You can however stop the spread and keep them at bay before it can cause mold damages and affect the health of you and your family.
How to spot mold damage in your home?
When left unattended and undetected, mold can cause permanent structural damage to the house and negatively impact your health.
It’s best to address mold problems as soon as possible and thoroughly if you know or suspect that there is mold.
A mold damage problem in your house may be indicated by some of the following signs.
Mold spores are clearly visible. One of the simplest and most obvious ways to detect mold in your house is by looking for it. But by the time you have spotted mold, it is a sign that you may have a large problem on your hands.
You know there is a history of flooding in your house. Flooding can cause all sorts of problems in your home, and one of them is mold damage. It may be worthwhile to check the areas that have been flooded in the past for mold, regardless of whether you saw mold immediately following the flood.
You smell something damp or musty. There may also be a mold issue if your home smells moldy or musty. As molds have a variety of different odors, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what they smell like, however, if it appears to be an unfamiliar smell, then you should definitely start looking for signs of mold.
There are signs of water damage. Whether you notice water stains, discolorations on walls, floors, or ceilings, or if you notice bubbling, cracking, or peeling paint or wallpaper, you may be dealing with mold-causing issues. Moisture that persists for a long time will inevitably lead to mold damage.
Check for places in the house where water or moisture builds up. Basements and attics which are rarely visited can oftentimes be a haven for mold. But oftentimes they are difficult to reach and be properly checked without the right equipment, so it is always better to contact a professional and have them perform a thorough inspection.
Get rid of mold in your house as soon as possible
As soon as mold growth begins, the situation usually does not improve over time. The next step to take if you suspect mold is growing in your home is to review your homeowner’s insurance policy and discuss the matter with a well experienced public adjuster. The public adjuster can assess the policy coverage for mold claims and the extent of mold damage to a property. Public adjusters help every step of the way to relieve the burden during a stressful time by filing the initial claim and helping you along the way.
Mold damage should always be handled with the utmost urgency as they spread through other areas of your home fast. You can only make things worse by putting off the process, which can result in a lower payout or a rejection of your claim.
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