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How to Tell if You Have Mold

Mold is everywhere but you never want to see it in your home.

To do a mold test at your home, it is important to do routine maintenance checks.

First, what does mold look like?

Mold is a type of fungus that grows from spores that are in the air.  It can grow almost anywhere and it loves moisture, so any damp place in your home is susceptible to mold. Normally you can easily spot mold with the easiest to identify being mildew, which begins as tiny black spots and grows into larger sections.  Sometimes, people mistaken mildew for dirt, so it is important to test the area in question for mold.

To test at home, you can dab a few drops of household bleach on the area in question and if it lightens after 1-2 minutes, you have mold/mildew.  If the area remains dark, it is likely just a dirty surface.

Sometimes, mold underneath surfaces can be harder to detect.  If the wall or wallpaper have dark rings, discoloration or bubbling, there might be mold under the surface.

What Does Mold Smell Like?

If you do not see visible signs of mold, you may be able to pick up on the musty smell that mold has. If you smell something like a damp, earthy smell, it is a good indicator that you have mold in your home.

If you do in fact have mold in your home and it is a very small area, removal is best with simply soap and water because it contains surfactants which can remove mold.

However, if it is a larger area where leaks, condensation, or flooding has occurred it is critical to call a professional.  Mold can be dangerous and cause lung disease, coughing, headaches, sore throat, wheezing and more.  You should not trust DIY treatment for larger mold removal because it can grow back after initial treatment.

It is important to hire a company that does professional mold removal to completely remove the mold from all surfaces, mold spores from the air, and remove any lingering odors.  JP Maguire is Connecticut’s mold removal and remediation specialists.  Your safety is important, and you can have peace of mind for your health related to mold, mildew, and black mold by contacting a professional for mold removal.

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