Top Signs of Mold to Look for During Winter

moldyFrom leaky pipes to poor drainage around the home, the increased risk of water damage during the winter also leads to the possibility of mold growth. If you notice any of these common signs of mold, call Leaders in Disaster Restoration for mold removal Janesville or Rockford area residents can rely on.

Allergic Reactions

Many people only realize they have a mold problem in their homes when they develop symptoms of an allergic reaction. While some mold reactions are mild, it is possible to develop a mold allergy later in life without realizing it, and there are a variety of toxic molds that can grow in your home as well. If you or anyone in your home is experiencing the symptoms of mold allergies, you should reach out to your doctor as well as a local inspector to get to the root of the issue. Common symptoms of mold in your home include:
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Asthma
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing

Water Damage

Some homeowners only realize there is mold growing in their home when they investigate a leak. Mold can often go undetected for months or even years. If there is any area of your basement that is unfinished or untreated, you may be at a higher risk for the development of a mold issue. Leaks in your roof or attic can also be a sign of mold. The longer water sits in roofing or attic materials, the better chance there is that mold has grown. In some cases, the mold can actually eat through your roof, resulting in a leak that causes further water damage. Mold can easily become a compounded issue, so it is important to address the problem as soon as it arises to keep repair costs low.

Moldy Odors

Mold is sometimes odorless, but it often has a musty smell that gets worse the closer you get to the source. In some cases, the mold could be coming from your heating or air conditioning unit, spreading spores all around the home. If you notice any change in the way your home smells when it rains or during the winter months, you should call for an inspection as soon as possible.

Increased Condensation or Humidity

Humidity is one of the most common signs of mold damage as it results in condensation. Mold requires a wet environment to thrive, so musty, humid areas are especially vulnerable to mold growth. The ideal humidity level in a home should never rise above 60 percent or drop below 30 percent. If your home is especially humid and you notice condensation on basement pipes or around windows, there is a good chance you have a mold problem. If you suspect that there is mold growing in your home, the most important step you can take is to have an inspection performed. Mold can be unpleasant and even dangerous, so it is essential to identify and remove all traces of mold in the home as soon as you can. Call Leaders in Disaster Restoration today at (888) 874-7066 to work with a company that has provided mold remediation services to homeowners in Janesville and Rockford since 1991.
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