Exposure to mold can cause mold allergies and mold symptoms (i.e. watery eyes, sore throat, asthma). If you have a mold allergy, the best defense is to reduce your exposure to the types of mold that cause your reaction.
The following steps may help you identify mold in your home:
- Check for patches that appear fuzzy.
- Identify mold by the discolorations. Mold comes in almost all colors of the rainbow, including brown, gray, black, green, yellow, white and orange.
- Look for mold in places where you've had any water damage. Leaky roofs and windows, plumbing leaks and flooding leave areas ripe for mold growth. Check ceilings and carpets.
- Know that the humidifiers and vaporizers you use for your health are prime places for mold growth due to the high level of humidity. Poorly vented bathrooms may contain mold fed from the steam from showers.
- Know that mold loves damp basements and garages. And if you store books, clothing, drywall, cardboard or wood in these locations, then mold has a ready food source to grow on.
- Inspect your air handling system for visual mold like conditions. Check the evaporator coil, blower assembly, drain pan, wetted insulation liner, etc.
If you've experienced mold damage or water damage, AdvantaClean can help.