Mold growth within your home can be a serious health concern, as mold spores can aggravate respiratory conditions like your allergies and asthma. Often, mold growth will occur in out of the way areas that have received a significant amount of moisture, which means that you may not be able to tell that you have a mold problem straight away. Fortunately, there are a few early warning signs that you can look out for to determine when you may need to contact a mold removal specialist.
One of the clearest signs associated with mold growth in your home is the heavy, earthy smell that comes with it. This smell can easily permeate throughout a room, even if you can't see any mold growing, so if you notice a chronic smell that won't disappear no matter how much you clean your home, you may want to talk to a mold removal specialist. In that train of thought, you may also notice that your allergies or asthma symptoms flare up suddenly, especially in the off season, because of the hidden presence of mold in your home.
Another common sign that may be associated with mold growth is if you notice paint or wallpaper peeling away from your walls. This happens due to some sort of moisture or water damage behind the wall. If it has progressed far enough to the point that it is soaking through, you likely have had water damage behind your walls for a significant period of time. This means that you are at risk of having mold and mildew growing in your drywall and will need to contact a professional to havemold testing services performed. Even if you don't have hidden mold growth, the water damage will need to be repaired.
In a somewhat similar vein to the above point, you may find that mold growth is hiding in plain sight. Mold is usually darkly colored, either black or dark green, which means that minor areas of growth can look like stains or dirt – especially in the dark and dim areas that mold likes to flourish in. This means that you can easily overlook mold growth as a stain; be sure to closely inspect and clean any spots of dirt in your home. If the dirt turns out to be mold, you'll be able to address the growth early before it turns into a large-scale problem.