The Invisible Danger: Common Signs and Health Symptoms of a Hidden Mold Infestation

Mold is dangerous business. Young children and people who already suffer from asthma or other respiratory conditions are naturally more susceptible to the effects of mold damage, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the warning signs if you’re a healthy adult. While most molds are perfectly harmless to humans, some are extremely toxic, causing problems that run the gamut from minor respiratory irritation to severe allergic reactions.

Despite their potential to cause serious health risks, mold infestations aren’t always obvious, hiding in damp nooks and crannies that rarely catch the human eye. Getting to know the early signs of mold damage can make all the difference in protecting your family from this invisible threat.

Mold damage isn't always immediately apparent

What Exactly Is Mold?

Molds are common fungi found all over the natural environment. For detailed information on how molds form, grow and reproduce, check out the mold growth guide from the Florida Solar Energy Center.

What Are the Signs and Health Symptoms of a Hidden Mold Infestation?

1. Strange smell. Indoor molds tend to have an earthy, natural smell. If you notice a new scent that reminds you of taking a walk in the woods, let your nose guide you to the problem area.

2. Unexplained respiratory symptoms, including coughing, sneezing and sore throat.

3. Unrepaired water damage. Although water damage in itself isn’t indicative of a mold problem, it makes the perfect home base for mold spores that are already in your air.

4. Ongoing allergies with symptoms like sore eyes, shortness of breath and itchy skin.

5. Severe asthma attacks or a worsening of symptoms in people with respiratory conditions.

What to Do When You Have a Mold Problem

If you know or suspect that you have a mold infestation, don’t wait to act. Molds reproduce very fast, and without proper water damage restoration, the same spot will keep attracting mold spores faster than you can remove them. Not to mention that mold sometimes hides in spaces you can’t see, so don’t assume your home is all clear if you can’t find any signs of danger on the surface.

While you can scrub off ordinary mold and mildew with a powerful cleaning solution, don’t take on the job of handling toxic mold or looking for hidden infestations within your home’s structure. For safe mold removal in complex cases, always call the pros.

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