Finding visual evidence of mold in your home is a problem, and it should be taken seriously, no matter what surface it appears on. If you spot mold in your home, use these steps as a guideline for your approach.
Know the Red Flags and Warning Signs
If there’s an area of your home that always seem to be wet — like your basement, bathroom, or attic — that is a major warning sign. Remember, it doesn’t take long for mold to begin growing.
Size of the Affected Area Doesn’t Matter
It doesn’t matter how small it may look, or how contained it seems to be. You may not be seeing all of the mold that is present. It could be hiding behind a wall or cabinet and continuing to grow.
Find All the Surfaces Covered
If mold is showing up on a variety of different surfaces, like walls, clothing, carpets, and furniture, there is probably a source somewhere else that is releasing vast amounts of mold spores into your home’s air, causing multiple areas of growth. It may be quite a bit worse than it appears on the surface, too, as mold can infiltrate deep into wood and drywall.
Do Not Try to Remove It Yourself
Whatever you do, do not attempt to remove the mold yourself under any circumstances. Do not cut into walls with visible spores to find the source yourself. Do not rip out carpets, ceilings, drywall, etc. that are moldy. This sends millions of spores flying into the air that will circulate throughout your home, and the problem will get even worse.
Consider Your Health
Remember mold is a fungus and can cause health problems. So, the last thing you want to do is cause large quantities of mold spores to become airborne in your home. Dealing with mold issues can be extremely stressful, but it’s well worth it to protect your home and family’s health.
If any of these conditions exist in your home, contact a mold removal professional immediately.