October is mold month here at FP Property Restoration, and in our second installment of the series, we’re going to be talking all about how to spot this potentially serious problem for residential and commercial properties. Not only can mold growth force you to spend a ton of money to restore and repair your home/business, it can also be extremely harmful to the health of your family and employees. This is why it’s important to always have mold removed as soon as possible. Keep reading for the top warning signs your property has a mold problem and make sure to contact our Orlando restoration pros for all your mold remediation concerns.
7 Signs Your Property Has a Mold Problem:
- Water Damage: Water damage is already a serious issue on its own, but if left untreated, it may lead to further issues, including mold growth. If your property has recently been damaged by flooding or excessive water, make sure a professional takes care of it before mold becomes a problem, too.
- Excessive Humidity: There are two main things that can cause mold to grow on your property: dampness and humidity. If your property has experienced water damage, and that water damage has occluded in a space which tends to be humid, you will want to diligently keep on the lookout for mold. Fortunately, FP Property Restoration provides dehumidification services, so excessive humidity doesn’t have to impact your property.
- Dank Odors: A musty, dankodor is one of the top indicators that mold may be growing somewhere in your home. The nastier these smells are, the more likely it is that mold is the culprit. You may be able to identify the problem by following it the smell—usually to a damp, dark corner. If mold is the source of the smell, make sure to hire someone before the problem gets any worse.
- Rust: A buildup of moisture and condensation often causes rusting on your pipes. If your pipes, drains, or other appliances have experienced water damage and started to rust, make sure to check them for mold as well, as these issues occur in similar environments.
- Warped Wood, Drywall & Wallpaper: Another thing that may occur after water damage and a rise in humidity is warped wood, drywall, and wallpaper. If you notice that your wood feels weak, or your drywall is moist, or your wallpaper is chipping, or other parts of your property looked warped in general, call a property damage expert, as mold may not be far behind.
- A Rise in Health Issues: Mold can lead to health problems including itchy and watery eyes, runny and stuffed-up noses, sore throats, coughing and sneezing, headaches, and respiratory issues. If you or someone in your house/office start to have breathing problems, or just generally seem to be getting sick a lot, you should call someone ASAP to see if toxic mold is the case of the distress.
- The Presence of Visible Mold: The final way to tell if you have mold on your property is seeing it for yourself. Mold can have a range of colors and textures, though in most cases of property damage, it will have a greenish, brownish, or black color. Remember, black mold is toxic, and should be dealt with right away, but all mold is bad for you, and should be removed promptly.
Keep reading FP Property Restoration’s blog for the next installment in our mold month series, and call (888) 408-2335 to schedule an appointment with our Orland property restoration experts anytime. You can also schedule an appointment online.