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How to Detect a Mold Problem in Your Basement

Mold. Even the word sounds dirty. Discovering that you have mold in the home is never a fun experience, and sometimes, it’s not quite clear either. Despite photos and commercials that paint a nasty picture of black mold growing through walls, not all mold is the same, and some can quietly lurk beneath the walls for years.

 

The sooner you uncover a mold problem, the better off you are financially and healthwise. Here are some helpful pointers to determine if you have mold in the basement.

 

Spike in Allergy Symptoms

 

Mold thrives in damp places, making the insides of walls and ceilings prime breeding grounds. One of the first signs that mold is growing in the basement is complications with allergy symptoms. Those who have allergies, asthma, lung problems and immune system dysfunctions are the most likely to experience symptoms, but anyone can have allergy symptoms aggravated. The most common effects include nasal congestion, a runny nose, sneezing or sore eyes.

 

 

Moldy Odor in Home

 

Still, just because you’re having a reaction to something in the home doesn’t mean it’s mold. Allergies can be heightened from pets, dust or environmental factors, or you may be exposed to mold at work. Another factor to look for, or actually smell for, is an odor. When you go down into the basement and smell a musky, dingy odor, you may actually be smelling mold growth from beneath the walls.

 

Visual Signs of Mold Growth

 

The most obvious sign that you have mold in your basement is seeing it with your own two eyes. The bad part is that by the time you see the mold, you’ve already got a big problem on your hands. There are many types of mold; some are white and thread-like while others appear in small black clusters. Mold can also be brown, gray or green in color.

 

Water Problems

 

To prevent the worsening of mold problems, it’s best to be proactive about water problems, something that is common in basements. If you’ve had water leaks or a flooded basement for instance, have the basement checked for mold. Since basements are dark and damp, mold growth can quickly and easily become a problem. When it comes to mold, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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