Mold is a nightmare for millions of homeowners throughout the nation. Most of the time, homeowners are unaware they even have the growth of mold in their home until it is too late, as it commonly grows behind walls, under sinks and carpets, and other non-visible location throughout the house. And, unnoticed mold can thrive in damp environments throughout your home, eventually causing structural damage. Plus, the formation of mold comes with some dangerous effects.

On the brighter side, mold isn’t a major problem in its early stages, and is easier to remove. However, to be able to remove it, homeowners must first be able to determine whether or not it is in the house. The easiest way to know whether your home has mold or not is hiring a mold removal service to perform an air quality testing. And to help, we’re giving you a few tips that will help you indicate whether or not you have to call a professional.

Ways to determine if your home has mold

1. Look for human symptoms

A common way to indicate that your home may have mold is when homeowners or their family members start becoming ill. Breathing in the toxic spores mold releases can trigger certain illnesses and symptoms. Check out a few of the most common symptoms that are related to the growth of mold in your home:

2. Flooding or water damage history.

If your home has experienced a flood, leak, or some type of water damage, there is a good chance that it has mold growing somewhere. Even if you can’t see it, and the water damage has been repaired, mold can still be present. After flooding or water damage happens, you should call a professional to come and test for mold as soon as possible.

3. Strange Smells

If you begin to notice a musty scent throughout your home, this is a solid indicator that mold is growing. Any areas that have this smell, but as the mold spreads, the more noticeable the smell will become throughout the house. If the smell lingers and air fresheners are only a temporary fix, you should call a mold removal service to come check it out.

4. Condensation

One of the most common causes of mold in homes is high amounts of condensation. Homes that have high amounts of moisture are a perfect environment for mold to thrive in. When condensation and moisture build up, the mold will begin to spread.

5. Noticing Unusual Dirt

Many homeowners often mistake mold for dirt and soot. Even if it is a minimal amount, small patches of mold can quickly grow so it’s important to catch it in its early stages. Worse case scenario, a small patch of mold could just be the growth of a much bigger mold problem! Mold comes in a variety of different sizes, colors, and shape, so if you begin to notice unusual dirt you should call in a professional. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Need Long Island Mold Removal?

If you are experiencing any of the signs above in your Long Island or Manorville home, call the professionals at Island Environmental! With over 25 years of experience in mold remediation and air quality control and testing, we understand the importance of catching and removing mold in its early stages. Our services include mold inspection, testing, removal, and if necessary, restoration. When your home has a mold problem, you can rely on the professional, fast, and friendly mold removal services from the team at Island Environmental. We are committed to being the best mold removal service in the Tri-State area. For more information, or to schedule an air quality testing, contact us!