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Tips for Detecting Mold in your Home

12/9/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Damage in Homes

Mold can be found pretty much anywhere in the home—including wood, paper, carpet, foods and insulation.  As long as moisture and oxygen are present, mold growth is possible

When left undetected, Mold can grow and leave damaging effects on a home. For something so potent, it would be helpful to know how to detect it as soon as possible.

 SERVPRO of Palm Desert is happy to share a couple of tips that can help you uncover mold in your home. 

1. Check certain areas such as Showers, Bathrooms, Kitchen, Roof Leaks, AC Leaks, and Discoloration on the Wall, Ceiling, and Cabinet area.

Many types of mold are visible with the naked eye, so always be on the lookout for discoloration on the walls, ceiling, and cabinets. Typical colors of mold include grey, white, green or black. 

Hidden mold is more difficult and may be inside walls, insulation, or behind cabinets.

2. Use your sense of smell in your home.

Often times, homeowners have hidden molds and don’t realize it. However, if your house smells like a musty or mildew odor, it can be a good indicator of a hidden mold residing in your home. 

3. Check humidity levels. 

Mold is caused by the presence of too much moisture or water. Mold prefers dark moist places such as under the sinks and underneath showers. Typically, there is an excess of moisture when it’s cold. Because of this, it is important to keep humidity levels below 40 percent. At this level, mold growth is slowed down and can be prevented. 

4. Check your home after a flood or suspected leak.

If your home has been exposed to flooding or leaks, there is a good chance that your home might have mold growth. After any flood or leak, be sure to search for possible signs of mold. It may be necessary to consult with a respected Industrial Hygienist- IAQ to perform an air quality test to better identify the kind of mold that may be present.

If for any reason you find mold growing in your home, please don’t hesitate to give SERVPRO of Palm Desert a call today. We are happy to take care of any and all mold remediation projects you may have. Prevention is the key to protecting your home. SERVPRO of Palm Desert is always here to help. 

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