How To Recognize Mold Growth in Your Home
Mold issues are something that all South Florida homeowners try to avoid. The combination of warm climates and humidity creates a wonderful atmosphere for mildew to flourish, leaving many Floridians frustrated and desperately seeking an answer. The reality is that the best way to deal with mold growth is to recognize it immediately in order to prevent spreading and stop it in its tracks. Mold is defined as a fungus whose purpose is to decompose dead organisms and other substances.
Mold spores are the culprit for rapid spreading, as they allow mold to easily spread through the air. Since dealing with mold once it spread is a headache, the best action to take is to be a proactive homeowner. This means diligently looking out for signs of mold growth. The following are the best ways to recognize mold growth in your home, particularly in bathrooms and the kitchen:
- Musty and earthy odors
- Look for visible mold spots, appearing in a variety of colors such as green, black, white, and sometimes spotted
- Mold may appear to have a texture such as velvet, leathery, or cotton
- When water damage or moisture is present mold growth is more likely, so keep an eye out for standing water, condensation, leaks, or water stains)
- If a surface appears cracked, warped, or peeled there may be a mold issue
Mold growth is a major nuisance for homeowners, so recognizing the signs of mold right away is key. Remember to consistently check for mold growth symptoms in places like the kitchen or bathrooms, as those areas are prone to mold damage. As always, if you do recognize a mold problem in your home we are here to help. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County we have over 34 years of experience in mold damage restoration. Contact us today to learn more.