Many have read articles and seen news reports that warn about the dangers of “toxic mold”, “black mold” or any signs of mold in house. These reports can be very alarming and can easily worry you so it’s beneficial to get the facts to get a better understanding of mold.
Stachybotrys chartarum is often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, its quite common for any type of mold to produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution, stay out of affected areas and DO NOT touch or disturb the mold. Doing so can agitate the mold spores and release the spores into the air which can cause potential cross contamination with the unaffected areas.
Mold often grows out of sight in wall cavities due to water related issues such as pipe leaks or flooding. If ignored it can create a hazardous environment in your home, compromising the air quality.There are several ways to find out if there is mold hiding behind your walls. Below we’ve listed a few common signs of mold growth that every home owner should look out for.
If your home or place of business has suffered severe water damage, mold will grow in your walls if the water or the affected areas were not removed within 24-48 hours. If water reached drywall, the best practice is to cut and remove it one foot above the affected area.
Other common water problems such as leaking pipes can also trap moisture inside your walls and other areas that one cannot reach. Even in these cases where leaks are visible, moisture can get inside walls, providing a place for mold to grow. Common signs of moisture trapped in or behind drywall are:
- dark rings
- water stains
- Bubbling, peeling, or cracking of paint or wallpaper
If the walls or flooring are bowed, bulging or warped, they most likely contain moisture. Another common sign is if the surface of the walls or floors feel wet or damp.
Visible Signs of Mold in House
If the material appears to be rotting, it is very likely that mold is hiding underneath it. In less severe cases, mold may not be as noticeable. Inspect the area and check for mold on walls behind furniture and along baseboards as well.
Mold can have many different colors and textures to it, be sure to recognize them. Mold can be anywhere from black, brown, green, or white. Sometimes it can even appear to be orange, pink or purple when it grows behind vinyl wallpaper.
If you don’t see signs of mold growth but you can smell it, it may be hidden in your walls or underneath your floors. A musty smell is a common sign that mold is growing in your home or place of business. The smell of mold has an earthy feel to it, like rotting leaves or decaying wood in a damp forest.
If you have a feeling there’s mold in your walls, try smelling the electrical outlets. This may sound like a weird tactic, but it may help you sense mold growth within your walls. Outlets have better access to the area behind walls without having to agitate the mold spores. Thus, smelling them can be a safe way to help identify the mold problem.
To best determine if there is mold growth in your home and how much of it there is, consult a professional mold removal company like iFlooded Restoration. Our technicians use specialized inspection techniques and tools to determine the existence and extent of mold. iFlooded Restoration’s specialized mold remediation process will bring your home and the air quality in your home back to its safe and normal state.