Though mold is a common occurrence within households, not many are sure how to detect it and prevent it from spreading. Mold detection at early stages is vital to prevent its virulent growth and thereby limit health hazards to the residents. Households in Idaho can avail mold remediation in Boise at economical rates through a service company by booking in advance.

What is Mold? How to detect Mold?
Mold is a fungus that grows in damp and humid areas of the house. It grows without sunlight, unlike other forms of life, and, in fact, perishes in sunlight. It can grow either indoors or outdoors in soil, wood, decaying plants, and dead animals. Another unique feature of mold is that it eats that which it grows on. It flourishes on dead plants, leaves, or dead food.
Detecting mold is not a tough proposition. Tell-tale signs of mold growth are:
  • Through smell: Musty smell is a give-away. If you start smelling something damp indoors or stale outdoors, the chances are high that mold is present there. A quick response is essential to arrest the growth of mold. Though the smell of mold is not identical everywhere because of the vast number of mold species in existence, anything which smells out of the ordinary from your home odors might be a mold smell. It is estimated that 300,000 varieties of mold exist. A service company professional can help you in detecting mold smell if you are not too sure.
  • Visible Spores: If you see black patches in damp areas of the house or patches of any color which are unusual, then be aware the mold has already grown to a problematic level. Since the mold variants are several, the color of the spores may vary from jet black to orange, yellow, green, etc.
  • Discolored Walls: When you observe inexplicable discoloration of walls in the house, it could be a possible mold making its appearance. You might normally observe such discoloration where the environment is moist or humid.
  • Frequent sickness: If you or your family members are prone to cold, cough, respiratory problems, persistent headaches, and breathlessness too frequently, it might be a good pointer of mold in the home. Mold has the characteristic of inducing bleeding through the nose in some individuals. Excessive and frequent bleeding through the nose, which was not a symptom earlier, might be due to mold. Get a thorough check of the house with technicians from a service company at the earliest.

Flooding or waterlogging:

Dampness is a welcome signal for mold to flourish. Seepage in walls, dripping sinks, waterlogging at room corners is ideal breeding grounds for mold. Look out for mold in such areas for sure.

Keep a watch on the following to detect signs of mold:
  • Leaking pipes
  • Shoe racks
  • Rotten organic material
  • Condensed areas
  • Poorly ventilated areas
  • High moisture zones
  • Peeling or cracking of paint on walls

It is an inconvenient feeling to live with mold in the house. It is unhealthy and might lead to long term health complications, including but not limited to chronic respiratory problems. It is better to consult a service company and book an appointment for removal of mold as soon as it is suspected of growing in your house.