When Do You Need Professional Mold Remediation?

Mildewed Walls

Mold growth in your home or business is an unsightly, unsanitary problem that should be dealt with as soon as possible. Once mold spores settle in, all it takes is a little dampness and the right temperature for them to start spreading. Check for these signs of mold to determine if you need professional mold remediation.

Do You See Discoloration?

Mold grows in a wide range of colors. Look for patches of white, yellow, orange, red, purple, blue or black on walls and ceilings. Very large patches of green-black mold are cause for concern as these may be caused by Stachybotrys chartarum spores, also known as toxic mold or black mold. If you’re not sure whether a discolored patch is actually mold, put a few drops of bleach on the area and see if the color disappears. If it does, it’s most likely mold growth.

Is There a Funny Smell?

The musty, earthy odor that lingers in old homes and damp basements is a sure sign of mold. Detecting this odor in your home or business building, especially near areas where water tends to collect, is a good indicator that you have a problem. An odor without visual evidence of mold may point to growth inside walls or in other hidden parts of the structure.

Do You Have Water Problems?

Areas that are constantly wet or damp provide a breeding ground for mold. Leaky pipes, previous water damage, flooding or cracks in a building’s foundation that let water in all give mold a prime place to grow. Keep an eye out for warping wood or buckling ceilings, both of which may indicate water leaks. Have any leaks that you do find repaired immediately.

Are You Experiencing Symptoms?

Mold can cause or exacerbate allergy symptoms in many individuals. Sneezing, itchy or sore eyes, a runny nose and congestion are all common symptoms of mold allergies. Symptoms that get worse when you’re at home or at your business location may mean that mold is present. If you experience more serious symptoms such as unexplained headaches, problems concentrating, memory loss or dizziness, seek medical help. These could be signs of a reaction to toxic mold.

Don’t wait until a mold problem gets too big. Contact Paul Davis Restoration for a comprehensive assessment of your Fort Wayne home or business. We’ll determine how far mold has spread and develop a plan for removal. Our mold remediation experts work with certified hygienists to restore health and peace of mind for you and your family or your customers.