Mold is everywhere, but what do we know about it? Mold loves moisture. In your home, it could be found around leaky or flooded areas. It can grow on a variety of surfaces such as wood, ceiling tile, and paper. You may or may not detect noticeable signs of mold in your home. However, these signs may include:
- Strange odors: Mold has a pungent smell. It can live within walls or behind wallpaper.
- Discoloration: Mold may appear black, white, gray, green, red or blue.
- Change in health: According to the CDC, exposure to mold can cause respiratory problems in otherwise healthy people.
That’s a pretty extensive list! Where should you start to determine if you have a mold issue in your home? Consider getting an Air Quality Mold Screening (AQMS) it’s the most comprehensive test on the market. It tests the concentration of mold spores in your home’s air and identifies the type. It also can identify allergens. An AQMS can determine if you have a mold problem even if you can’t find the mold.
Whether you are buying a home or currently living in your dream house, mold is something that you should take seriously.