What Does Mold Look Like?
If you just noticed a strange spot on a surface in your home and you’re not sure exactly what it is, maybe it’s time to consider the possibility that you’re dealing with a mold issue. But how can you be sure? And what does mold look like? Here are some things to look for throughout your home in order to keep your living spaces as clean and healthy as possible.
Mold is a general term for thousands of types of fungus that can easily grow on almost any surface in a structure. All that needs to happen is for the temperature, moisture and light conditions to be just right and before you know it, you can be dealing with a mold infestation. Not every kind of mold is toxic to humans, but you should still be wary of its presence in your home because it can eat away at surfaces like wood and drywall. Over time it can affect the integrity of your structure even if it’s not a harmful strain in terms of respiratory effects. So here are some key things to look for when investigating your home for a possible mold outbreak:
- COLORFUL SPOTS.
Black mold is the most notorious kind of spore, but mold can show up in many other colors from the rainbow: gray, green, brown or even pinkish colors. These spots can be speckled or blotches or any manner of shape and size. That’s why if you’re not sure what you’re dealing with to consider getting a professional mold inspection and mold testing service. Maybe it’s just an ordinary form of mildew that you can clean on your own. But what if it’s not? The best way to confirm is to call a professional mold mitigation company to advise you on whether you have a problem and how to fix it.
- FUZZY SUBSTANCES.
You may notice something that looks almost hairy on a damp spot, and this can be an indication that mold has started to develop. Again, you can’t be totally sure you’re dealing with a toxic form of mold until you verify it through mold testing.
- DISCOLORATION ON SURFACES.
Even if you’re not looking at a spot that doesn’t seem moldy already, if you’re seeing a stain on a wall or ceiling that can’t be explained by a clumsy coffee spill, then it could be a clue that you’ve got water damage developing behind the surface – and water damage, when left alone for too long, can easily develop into mold.
- USE ALL YOUR SENSES.
Mold isn’t always visible first, especially because it’s so skilled at growing in dark, hidden places. But even if you can’t see it, you might be able to smell it first. So when there’s a funky odor that seems musty or just out of the ordinary, then you might want to follow wherever your nose leads you in order to find potential moldy spots.
- WHEN IN DOUBT, CALL FOR HELP!
Unless you’ve been trained in mold remediation, chances are you’re going to be second-guessing yourself if you decide to let a potentially moldy spot slide without investing in an effective mold removal solution. So if you’ve spotted something that’s making you worry about a mold infestation, then find a local mold remediation company that can give you a thorough mold inspection and can provide you with comprehensive mold removal services if you’re indeed dealing with a mold problem.
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