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How to Identify Mold in your Home

May 16th, 2017

Mold in your home can range from an annoyance to a serious issue. In any case of mold, it’s imperative to properly assess and remove the issue before it gets worse. How do you know if what you’re dealing with is truly mold? And how do you know if you should call in an expert or simply clean it up on your own? When in doubt, always get help with mold and mold damage restoration, but these tips should help you take the first steps in identifying and moving forward in your mold removal endeavors.

Telltale Black Spots

Mildew is the most visible type of mold that starts as tiny black spots and often grows in the grout lines of a shower or tile floor, and it can quickly colonize and grow into a larger problem. To distinguish between a moldy surface and a dirty one, grab some bleach and dab it on the black spots. If they appear lighter in a few minutes, you’ve identified mildew.

Soft or Rotting Wood

While mildew is a surface mold that isn’t going to cause structural issues for your home, other types of mold will. Grab a sharp tool like a screwdriver and probe the area. If the wall or wood underneath is soft or crumbles, you’ll know that there’s rot happening behind the scenes and mold damage restoration is in your near future.

Musty Odors

Mold does put off an odor, so you may be able to smell an infestation that isn’t visible in your home. If you’re noticing a musty smell, look around: check for mold on any potentially damp surfaces of your home and get those areas cleaned up immediately before the issue worsens.


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